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Author Eric C. Wat was the featured speaker at the May 2024 STORIES Circle event with APAIT.
Past Event

STORIES Circle Event #10: APAIT

The Foundation for The AIDS Monument (FAM) hosted a STORIES Circle event with Access to Prevention Advocacy Intervention & Training (APAIT) on May 18 at 4:00 p.m.

The event, which was held at the beautiful Tropico de Nopal Art Gallery in Historic Filipinotown, was supported in part by grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Gilead Sciences.

We gathered at the gallery’s outdoor space in small circles under the tree canopy to share personal stories about how HIV & AIDS have impacted our lives.  Author and storyteller Eric C. Wat (Love Your Asian Body: AIDS Activism in Los Angeles) kicked off the storytelling process with his own personal story. Wat’s writing is rooted in the creativity and liberation forged from AIDS activism in the 1990s. In addition to the award-winning Love Your Asian Body, Wat has published works in both the non-fiction and fiction genres. You can learn more about his work at www.ericwatbooks.com.

The program was be presented in English with translation to Spanish. All attendees had the option of sharing their story in English or Spanish.

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This event was hosted by STORIES: The AIDS Monument and APAIT. STORIES: The AIDS Monument is building a historical monument in West Hollywood Park dedicated to those lost to HIV/AIDS and everyone who cared for people with AIDS, fought for better healthcare, and worked to advance HIV research and treatment.  The mission of the STORIES Circle event series is to build community and foster storytelling among those affected by HIV & AIDS and expand awareness of STORIES: The AIDS Monument.  To be notified of FAM’s future STORIES Circle events, please sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter and to receive event notifications.

APAIT’s mission is to positively impact the quality of life for vulnerable communities experiencing behavioral health challenges, housing insecurity, and at-risk for HIV/AIDS. Located in both Koreatown and Orange County, APAIT has held a distinctive record of providing high quality programming through its vision – to advocate, educate, and achieve optimal health and well-being for vulnerable communities. APAIT is a division of Special Service for Groups, Inc., a private nonprofit agency.

When we can share our stories, listen to each other, feel heard, empathize and unify around common experiences and emotions, we can heal. Capturing the stories shared in these STORIES Circles is one of the primary ways we are making sure our individual and collective experiences during the AIDS pandemic are never forgotten.