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.
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.
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.
Local AIDS-fighting nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT announced today that Harlem-born songstress Teyana Taylor will perform at the third annual Hip Hop for Philly concert on June 27th at the Trocadero Theater. The concert is free and open to youth aged 13 to 24 who receive a free HIV test at a handful of participating agencies (see those below).
Taylor just released her first studio album, VII, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart last November. She is signed to Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music label, and was featured on his recent single “Dark Fantasy.” You may also recognize her from her roles in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family. Other acts scheduled to perform at the concert include dance troupe Project Positive, and rapper E-Hos.
Philly HIV/AIDS nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT has released the itinerary for its 21st annual AIDS Education Month (AEM). Taking place throughout June, the schedule includes all kinds of parties, panels and workshops geared toward increasing local awareness, and sharing up-to-date information about how to prevent and treat HIV.
The big news surrounding the monthlong event is the brand new End AIDS 2015 Conference, which effectively combines three AEM events: the HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit, the Prison Health Care and Reentry Summit, and the Faith Leaders and Community Summit. The conference will include 65 workshops and a plethora of speakers—perhaps the most notable of which is Piper Kerman, prison-reform activist and author of the memoir that birthed Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
The Attic Youth Center
255 South 16th Street
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. It “offers various support and educational groups that promote safer sex messages and practices. The Attic also offers free, confidential, HIV testing and access to safer sex supplies.”
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 600
Founded in 1988, this nonprofit law firm provides free legal help to those with HIV/AIDS and those affected by the epidemic. AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania provides legal assistance with HIV/AIDS discrimination, health confidentiality, HIV testing protocols, housing, and more, with an emphasis on “breaking the physical and linguistic barriers that often impede access to legal services.”
1216 Arch Street, 6th Floor
ActionAIDS provides medical case management, HIV testing, prevention education, supportive housing, HIV treatment as prevention, and volunteer services so that no one in the Philadelphia region has to face AIDS alone.
Bebashi-Transition of Hope
1217 Spring Garden Street
Bebashi-Transition of Hope works to provide healthcare information, direct services, education, research and technical assistance to reduce and eliminate HIV/AIDS and other health disparities within the urban community of Philadelphia and its vicinity.
Every Friday we spotlight a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: Y-HEP, a program that seeks to empower young people to understand, care, and make healthy choices as they transition into adulthood.
Who are you? My name is Tiffany Thompson, director of Philadelphia FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP). Y-HEP is a trauma-informed, comprehensive adolescent and young adult program that offers holistic health services, sexual health education, drug and alcohol support, drop-in day services, counseling and therapy, and leadership activities to over 3,000 high-risk/high-promise, low-income, urban youth aged 13 to 24 living in Philadelphia.
When was your organization founded? Y-HEP was founded in 1994 as a citywide pilot program to address the spread of HIV in Philadelphia’s young adult population. In 2001, Y-HEP joined forces with Philadelphia FIGHT, a comprehensive health-services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk. Today Y-HEP has grown from a small street outreach program to a multi-faceted, community-based health and leadership development program for Philadelphia youth.
The Human Rights Campaign is speaking out about early results of two new studies that show using Truvada for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is “proving extraordinarily effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV.”
Findings for the studies were released at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. The first, called The PROUD Study, “assesses the effect the use of PrEP has on the frequency with which men have sex, how often they use condoms, and whether they contract other sexually-transmitted infections.” The other, called the IPERGAY Study “examines whether Truvada is still effective as a preventative when taken “on demand,” which is defined as taking the pill two to 24 hours before sexual intercourse and again after, as opposed to daily.” The results:
Friday—after a heated game of dodgeball with local LGBT youth on Thursday—former NFL pro Wade Davis hit up Philadelphia FIGHT‘s 2014 FIGHT For Life Gala to serve as keynote speaker. Davis, who came out publicly in 2012, is an advocate, writer and public speaker who addresses issues ranging from gender and race to equal rights and HIV/AIDS prevention. He serves as Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization that works to end homophobia in professional sports.
Besides the star power, the gala was rife with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a live jazz ensemble, and a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting FIGHT‘s Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, Y-HEP (Youth Health Empowerment Project) initiative, and the John Bell Health Center.
Freedom G Photography’s Tara Lessard was there to capture the event on digital film. Check out some of her shots below.