Philadelphia Restaurants Participating in Dining Out for Life 2014

ActionAIDS‘ 23rd annual Dining Out for Life (DOFL) takes place in Philadelphia on April 24th, with nearly 150 restaurants in the region taking part. If you’re new to the game, this is how it works: On that evening participating restaurants will donate 33 percent of every check to a variety of regional HIV/AIDS service organizations, including ActionAIDS, AIDS Delaware, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. I love DOFL, because it’s such an easy, fun, and delicious way to give to a worthy cause.

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Hotel Palomar Goes Vegas for ActionAIDS Charity

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Attention high rollers: Forget Atlantic City or Las Vegas. For one night only, ActionAIDS, Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS service organization, is transforming Philadelphia’s Hotel Palomar into a glitzy casino — all for a good cause.

Philanthropic “gamblers” are invited to attend Glamsino Royale, an evening of food, games, and music, on Feb 27.  The 24th and 25th floors of Hotel Palomar will be transformed into a  casino paradise, where guests can try their hands at Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, or Texas Hold ‘Em.  If gambling isn’t your jam, no worries: There will be plenty of booze from the likes of Yards Brewing Company, J. Lohr Vineyards, and Philadelphia Distilling, along with light bites from the Palomar’s Square 1682.  There will also be plenty of raffles and prizes, including Kimpton Hotel vacations, up for grabs.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With HIV Activist
Antonio Boone

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

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Today: Antonio Boone, a diehard HIV/AIDS activist who has worked to shine a national spotlight on young people living with HIV. He works with the Sexuality With Education and Truth Project (SWEAT), which helps bring support to HIV-positive gay and bisexual men between the ages of 18 and 30.

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Photographer Snaps Photos of Loved Ones Right After He Tells Them He Has HIV

In his latest project, “I Have Something to Tell You,” Florida photographer Adrain Chesser snapped photos of his family and friends just moments after he told them he was HIV-positive. The collection portrays an array of emotions, from shock to befuddlement to just plain pity. But the process, Chesser told the Huffington Post, helped him conquer the fear of opening up to his loved ones:

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Philadelphia FIGHT Participating in Major Clinical Trial to Find HIV Cure

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Local HIV service organization Philadelphia FIGHT has announced that it will participate in “the largest randomized trial anywhere” to find a cure for HIV. The project — led by West Philly biomedical research institute Wistar — is funded by a four-year, $6.2-million-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health. The goal? To lead a clinical trial that aims to “drain the viral reservoir” of the HIV-1 virus in patients with HIV/AIDS.”

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MONDAY KICKSTARTER: HIV Returns in Men “Cured” of the Virus Via Bone Marrow Transplants

Researchers at Boston's Brigham and Women’s Hospital say that HIV has returned in two patients "cured" of the disease via bone marrow transplants. Click the photo for more, or find the link below.

Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital say that HIV has returned in two patients believed to be “cured” of the disease after successful bone marrow transplants. Click the photo for more, or find the link below.

I trolled the web for LGBT headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to.

PROGRESS REPORT

Railroad companies to offer health benefits to same-sex spouses of employees

Fourth openly gay man appointed to Washington House

Same-sex partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 companies

Congressional Hispanic caucus votes to endorse ENDA

Church of England comes close to electing its first gay bishop

Same-sex weddings take place in Australia ahead of court ruling

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PHOTOS: Ed Rendell Honored at Philadelphia FIGHT Gala

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Philadelphia FIGHT Executive Director Jane Shull presents an award to former Governor Ed Rendell to honor his work to fight HIV/AIDS in the city.

G Philly pal — and Philly Mag society photographer — HughE Dillon sent along some photos of Wednesday night’s FIGHT for Life Gala. The event, hosted by local HIV/AIDS org Philadelphia FIGHT, was a fundraiser that also served as an opportunity to honor former Governor Ed Rendell for “his career-long support of people living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBT Community.”

You can see a clip of his acceptance speech here, and check out the slideshow of photos from the evening below.

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WATCH: “Battle of amFAR” Premieres Tonight on HBO

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If you missed the Philadelphia premiere of Battle of amFAR at this year’s QFest, you can catch it with the rest of the world tonight when it airs for the first time on HBO. Coming on the heels of World AIDS Day, the 40-minute documentary chronicles the mission of unlikely partners in crime Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim to create the nation’s first AIDS research foundation, amFAR. The ladies’ mission was to reveal the disease as a worldwide pandemic in the attempt to generate more funding for scientific research. The doc depicts their hard-fought journey and ultimate successes, and highlights the org’s continuing importance in today’s fight for a cure. Plus, a healthy dose of White Diamonds-era Liz only enhances the film as a mandatory watch for all LGBTers.

It airs tonight at 9 p.m. Check out the trailer below.

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