LGBTQ Event of the Week: Kiehl’s 7th-Annual LifeRide for amfAR

7th Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR! this Friday, during the company's 11-day motorcycle journey to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS research.

7th-Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR!, the company’s 11-day motorcycle journey to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS research, concludes in Philly on Friday.

This week’s inaugural LGBTQ event of the week nod goes to Kiehl’s for bringing motorcycles, community, cosmetics, and celebrities together for an important cause. The company’s 7th-Annual LifeRide for amfAR event is wrapping up an “11-day multi-state, charitable motorcycle ride throughout the Northeast that raises funds and awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.” During the event, the organization Philadelphia FIGHT will receive a $5,000 donation for their efforts in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the city. Read more »

TOP PICKS: The Best LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Galaei is hosting Philadelphia’s 21st annual Alternative Prom for LGBTQ youth and allies.

Galaei is hosting Philadelphia’s 21st-annual Alternative Prom for LGBTQ youth and allies.

FRIDAY EVENTS

Ladies of Bounce Reunion — Summer Beach Blast!
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street; over 21.

Miss Bounce 2006 Sierra Feliciano is coming to Tabu to slay your faves as the rest of the girls of the infamous Bounce Nightclub in NJ reunite for an evening of live performances, drink specials, and laughs. Read more »

PHOTOS: Our Night Out at The Pyramid Club

The Pyramid Club is one of the most popular venues for DVLF‘s Our Night Out every year, and last evening’s mixer was no exception. The night benefitted Philadelphia FIGHT, and we found that their annual gala, which is this Thursday and features Greg Louganis, is sold out. That’s quite an amazing feat given that it is in the midst of the busy holiday season!

DVLF’s next mixer is this Saturday: Their annual TOY fundraiser is being held at Old City’s Fire and Ice. Tickets are still available, and make sure that you bring an unwrapped toy to share with youth who are less fortunate in the region.



INTERVIEW: Greg Louganis on HIV/AIDS Stigma and Reliving Early Struggles

Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

It was a very interesting time to chat with Olympic superstar Greg Louganis: I spoke with him shortly after the Charlie Sheen interview that caused our collective culture to have a broader discussion about HIV, about stigma, and about a lack of practical knowledge on the virus. Louganis, who has become a visible and vocal advocate for HIV/AIDS education, will be in Philadelphia on December 3 for Philadelphia FIGHT’s annual gala, where he will present a talk on a variety of health-related matters. The diving star opened up about society’s view on HIV and his own perceptions of gay youth living in the 21st Century.

You’ll be in town for the Philadelphia FIGHT gala. What are some of the things that you’ll be speaking about? I’ll share a bit of my history and part of my story, and how far we’ve come with HIV treatment and care, as well as stigma. Fighting stigma is a huge issue, and the only way is through education, education, education. We have to educate those that we love. It’s interesting: A good example of that is that many people assume my husband is HIV positive, but he’s not. We get tested regularly and we take care of each other.

Last week was certainly been an interesting one for public awareness on HIV after the Charlie Sheen interview. I’m curious to hear from you about how that interview went and what impact it might have, if any. It shows that stigma is still there, but it is also a different day and age then when I was diagnosed back in 88. It’s no longer a death sentence. You know, it is devastating. We’re so uptight about talking about sex in this country when it is a natural thing. When I go and talk to 14, 15, 16 year olds, it’s a free-for-all. I usually do a Q&A and they ask questions about sex, drugs, depression, all of these things that are part of our society. We need to have open and honest conversations about things that are around us. Read more »

PHOTOS: Hip Hop for Philly Concert with Philadelphia FIGHT

Philadelphia FIGHT held their third-annual Hip Hop for Philly concert on Saturday night, which featured Teyana Taylor as the headline artist. Philly youth ages 13 to 24 who took a HIV test at a number of local agencies received free access to the jam session at the Trocadero. Our friends from Philadelphia FIGHT shared some great shots of the performers and the crowd. For more information on the great work going down at FIGHT, visit their website.



PHOTOS: Summit Ball with Philadelphia Black Pride and Philadelphia FIGHT

It was a hot night this past Saturday at the University of the Arts as Philadelphia Black Pride and Philadelphia FIGHT teamed up to present the 2015 Summit Ball. Dozens of performers took to the stage to vogue and keep it real, all for the sake of spreading the word for HIV awareness. Our friends from Philly FIGHT shared some of the fierce shots from the weekend’s mixer.



PHOTOS: AIDS Education Month Kicks Off With Opening Reception

This week, Philadelphia FIGHT kicked off its 21st annual AIDS Education Month (AEM) with an afternoon reception at the Independence Visitor Center. The event drew community leaders and local celebs, like CBS Philly’s Cherri Gregg, who was named an honorary chair of AEM 2015; Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack; and Mayor Nutter, who was there with the director of his Office of LGBT Affairs, Nellie Fitzpatrick.



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