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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.


World AIDS Day Boston: Getting to Zero

World AIDS Day AIDS Action Committee