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Boston AIDS Walk & Run postponed

AIDS Action Committee, AAC, AIDS Walk BostonAIDS Action Committee announced via email earlier today that their annual fundraiser and awareness building event, The AIDS Walk & Run has been postponed – although no rescheduling date was shared. Initially scheduled for  Sunday, June  7, 2020, concerns about public health related to the coronavirus were cited as the reason for the cancellation.

Even though The Walk has been postponed,  AIDS Action is asking you to join them on Tuesday, May 5 for #GivingTuesdayNow and asks supporters to virtually continue their AIDS Walk fundraising efforts. Anyone who makes a donation on Tuesday, May 5th will have their transaction fees waived.

If you have not registered and would like to fundraise, sign up here today!

Get your tickets to the Taste of the South End

TOSE, AIDS Action CommitteeThis is my favorite food tasting event in Boston. Sergio and I started attending “The Taste” nearly 20 years ago when I was working at AIDS Action and it continues to be one of my favorite charity events to attend and support.

For one night in March, AIDS Action brings together 40+ South End restaurants for a delicious evening of bite-sized servings, live cooking demonstrations, silent auction, as well as wine tastings and beer sampling. Tickets have been on sales since late last year so if you’ve yet to purchase your tickets don’t delay since the event generally sells out before the night of the event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit tasteofthesouthend.org.

Taste of the South End 2020

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AIDS Action Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Boston Center for the Arts, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

The Taste of the South End is offering an early bird / holiday special, starting today and running through December 31st, selling VIP tickets for $150. Starting in January VIP tickets, which include the early entrance will cost $200 each.

Consider this your contribution to New England’s largest AIDS Service Organization on World AIDS Day

Sergio and I started attending this event nearly 20 years ago when I worked at AIDS Action and it is one of my favorite charity events to attend. For one night in March, AIDS Action brings together 40+ South End restaurants for a delicious evening of bite-sized servings, live cooking demonstrations, a great silent auction, as well as wine tastings and beer sampling.

Tickets for all levels are on sale now. For more information visit tasteofthesouthend.org.

Encore Boston Harbor to host ‘hightea’ outdoor Tea Dance

gay boston, tea dance, AIDS Action Committee, AACCelebration to benefit Fenway Health AIDS Action Committee

Mark your calendars, because next Saturday, September 28th the new Encore Boston Harbor resort will host it’s first tea dance, with proceeds raised going to  benefit Fenway Health AIDS Action Committee.

What: Tea Dance to benefit AAC
When: Saturday, September 28 from 3PM to Sunset
Where: Encore Boston Casino
More Info & RSVP: encorebostonharbor.com/hightea

Encore’s first ever ‘hightea’ outdoor tea dance party will run from 3 p.m. until sunset and will be hosted by Yuhua Hamasaki of RuPaul’s Drag Race, with celebrity DJs Dania Sea of Showtime’s The L Word and L’Duke spinning a unique mix of tunes. A portion of the proceeds from each ‘CommuniTea’ signature cocktail sold will benefit Fenway Health AIDS Action Committee.

Taste of the South End is Tuesday, Mar 19th

TOSE 19, AIDS Action CommitteeAIDS Action Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 ||  Tickets start at $150.00
Boston Center for the Arts, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is easily the best tasting event of the season. Sergio and I started attending this event nearly 20 years ago when I worked at AIDS Action and it is one of my favorite charity events to attend.

For one night in March, AIDS Action brings together 40+ South End restaurants for a delicious evening of bite-sized servings, live cooking demonstrations, silent auction, as well as wine tastings and beer sampling. Admission includes unlimited sampling and complimentary fine wine, beer and more.

Tickets have been on sales since late last year so if you’ve yet to purchase your tickets don’t delay since the event generally sells out before the night of the event. For more information visit tasteofthesouthend.org.

World AIDS Day

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Despite amazing advances there remains no cure for AIDS and new infections continue to be reported.  In honor of World AIDS Day, make a commitment to know your status if you’ve not been tested recently and encourage your friends to do the same. If you’re interested in learning more about Truvada (a.k.a. PrEP) visit Fenway Health’s What is PrEP? website.

AIDS Service Organizations (ASO) around the country and the world, still need your support. Here in Boston, our largest ASO is The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.  Visit their website, make a donation or volunteer.

AIDS Action Committee of MA

Boston’s 33rd Annual AIDS Walk & Run is Sunday

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AIDS Walk & Run is Sunday, June 3rd on the Boston Common

On Sunday, June 3, thousands will come together to take action in the 33rd annual AIDS Walk & Run Boston, New England’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising awareness event.

This year in particular, AIDS Action is asking you to take to the streets to continue raising money for the life-saving work the agency does as well as to support AAC and all members of the statewide Getting to Zero Coalition in their pledge to end HIV by 2020. The AIDS Walk is starting on The Boston Common and registration opens at 7:30 AM.

Click here for more information about the AIDS Walk & Run

Taste of the South End

Will you be at The Taste of the South End tonight? Sergio and I hope to see you there. This is one of my favorite events to attend each spring and all the money raised goes to The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

For more information about the event visit, tasteofthesouthend.org.

Bayard Rustin breakfast, Saturday, April 7

bayard rustin breakfast, gay rights, aids action committeeOn Saturday, April 7th AIDS Action Committee (AAC) will host their 29th annual Bayard Rustin community breakfast at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library. Tickets remain available and you can learn more about this community event by visiting AAC’s event page, Bayard Rustin Breakfast.

Bayard Rustin Breakfast: Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:30AM – 12:30PM

Yesterday, March 17th was Bayard Rustin’s birthday so I thought it appropriate to provide this annual community event a shout out.  You can learn more about this civil rights pioneer, social activist and later in life Gay rights activist here.

Thank Larry Kessler at The HistoryMakers Awards at Club Cafe on Wednesday

Larry Kessler to be honored at The HistoryMakers Awards on Wednesday at Club Cafe

In 1995 – the same year that the combination treatment known as the “AIDS cocktail” became available to people with HIV/AIDS. The Action Committee  (AAC) produced a video highlighting the organization’s work, entitled A Community Responds. It depicts the first 15 very scary years of the epidemic and features Larry Kessler, then AIDS Action Committee’s executive director.

I had the pleasure of working for Larry Kessler, joining AIDS Action in 2002 just as he was stepping down as the founding executive director of AAC. Kessler’s work both directly and indirectly has saved tens of thousands of lives through his grass roots prevention and education efforts. He has also been the face of compassion for many left on their deathbed in the early days of the AIDS epidemic; forsaken by their friends and family and left to die alone – were it not for Larry Kessler. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it to Club Cafe to see Kessler at the 2017 Heromakers Award Wednesday from 6-9PM.

Get your tickets!

AIDS Walk & Run is June 4

AIDS Action Committee, AAC, AIDS Walk BostonHeads up everyone! Sunday, June 4th is AIDS Action’s annual AIDS Walk & Run. Every year since 1986, our community has gathered on the first Sunday in June for this grassroots event to raise money and awareness. This event plays a crucial part in enabling AIDS Action to fulfill their mission and help maintain the health of individuals living with the disease, while working to prevent the spread of the epidemic. AIDS Action’s work is all the more important when you consider the lack of interest / support in Washington, D.C.

AIDS ActionAIDS Walk & Run
Sunday, June 4  ||  7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
DCR Hatch Shell along the Esplanade

By raising funds and awareness in Boston you help make a difference in the lives of those living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS.  Can’t attend this year’s Walk / Run? Consider making a donation here, aac.org.

Taste of the South End is Tuesday, March 21

Taste of the South End

Photo Credit: Marilyn Humphries ©

AIDS Action Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 21, 2017  ||  Tickets start at $125.00
Boston Center for the Arts, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is easily the best tasting event of the season and one any foodie should not miss. I also think this is one of the best organized events of its kind in Boston. The fact that proceeds go to the AIDS Action Committee is a bonus. For more information visit tasteofthesouthend.org.

Taste of South End is in two weeks

Taste of the South End

Photo Credit: Marilyn Humphries © 2011

Two weeks  from today is The Taste of the South End.  Do you have your tickets yet? This year’s event will include more than 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants, plenty to drink, a pretty sweet silent auction as well as entertaining cooking demonstrations from some of your favorite chefs.

Click on the link below and get tickets while they still remain available. The proceeds go to benefit the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts at 539 Tremont Street

Get your tickets to the Taste of the South End

ToseThe Taste of the South End takes place one month from today. The money raised benefits the AIDS Action Committee of MA and often sells out. More than 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants will be present and there will be plenty to drink as well as entertaining cooking demonstrations so check it out.

Taste of the South End
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts at 539 Tremont Street

New Year’s resolution: To give back to your community

With the start of the New Year, many people will make resolutions to try and give back to their community or to volunteer.  While there is no shortage of worthwhile organizations that would benefit from your time and energy, I wanted to list a few LGBT organizations for consideration.

Gay for Good BostonGay For Good is a group that arranges volunteering opportunities in eleven different cities. G4G Chapters exist in Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and in the Twin Cities.  The Boston chapter remains fairly active with different volunteering opportunities at a wide range of charities. Read here to learn more.

Flashback FridayBAGLY started as a gay-straight alliance of sorts in 1980 in Massachusetts to create, sustain and advocate for LGBTQ youth. They may be best known for hosting the 1st prom for LGBTQ youth.  Their work continues to help LGBTQ youth struggling to come to terms with their sexual identity and they host a handful of large public events for gay youth in the Boston area.

AIDS ActionAIDS Action / Fenway Health merged in 2013 to streamline services and better serve our community. However, both organizations rely heavily on the help of volunteers. The services they offer the LGBT community are more numerous than I can manage to list, but there are opportunities to get involved at either location as well as with their MALE Center.