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 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.
BAGLY 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 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.
The Fenway Institute is conducting a study to test a manufactured antibody that will prevent HIV and help researchers learn how the antibody works.
The Fenway Institute is looking to enroll HIV-negative individuals between 18 and 50 years of age and in good health. Anyone interested in participating in this study should know that it is impossible for the vaccines to give you HIV and cannot cause you to give HIV to someone else. The study involves up to 11-18 half hour scheduled clinic visits over 8-months. Eligible participants will receive up to $975 for study completion.
While it is great that HIV treatments are prolonging the lives of those with HIV it is time we make AIDS history. If you agree and would be interested in learning more, please contact the Fenway Institute at 617.927.6450 or email email@example.com.
I previously wrote about this fun annual tasting that raises money for the AIDS Action Committee of MA, but I wanted to give one more shout out for those of you who may have been contemplating attending but had yet to buy tickets.
Taste of the South End, Tuesday March 3, 2015
More than 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants will share tempting bites that range from the savory to the sweet. In addition there will be plenty to drink and entertaining cooking demonstrations from some of the neighborhood’s most admired chefs. If you have any questions about this social South End event, feel free to reach out to me. Otherwise, grab tickets while they last. Here is a quick video from a Taste of the South End from a few years back.
Since 1995 local restaurants have come together to share some of their most tempting plates to help raise awareness and money for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. This year more than 40 restaurants from the South End will converge for the Taste of the South End on Tuesday, March 3rd.
Get your tickets before the event sells out. You can find more details about the program can on their website here. Tickets for the 2015 Taste of the South End are on sale now!
Despite amazing advances there remains no cure and new infections continue to be reported. Today is 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.
Tonight the Prudential Building in Boston will be lit red to honor and remember those we have lost and raise awareness. The lighting will also be used to mark the launch of the 30th AIDS Walk Boston. The ceremony will take place at The Shops at the Prudential Center (by the Belvedere Avenue) from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.
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