- Scarlett Cannon’s memories of her late friend Leigh Bowery, the one-of-a-kind performance artist and fashion legend (this story first appeared on The AIDS Monument on Instagram);
- A short video from our World AIDS Day commemoration in partnership with APLA Health and the City of West Hollywood (more about this event below).
STORIES Circles update
On November 7, 2023, we held our ninth successful STORIES Circle series event focused on Women’s HIV/AIDS Stories. It was held at the beautiful Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Hollywood.
Featured speaker Mary Fisher fell ill just prior to the event, so FAM Board Member Dr. Irene Kim kindly read Mary’s speech. We also heard the emotional story of Patsy Lawson, a mother with HIV who lost an infant to AIDS and whose daughter is HIV positive.
Supporting organizations included: APLA Health, Being Alive, TransLatin@ Coalition, Black Women Wellness, LA LGBT Center, and the AMAAD Institute. Our STORIES Circle series is funded in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Our website contains a short and a longer video from this event.
World AIDS Day
On December 1, 2023, we partnered with APLA Health and the City of West Hollywood for the annual commemoration of World AIDS Day.
This year was the 35th annual World AIDS Day. The night began with a food and drinks reception at the “Respite Desk” at the top of the Grand Staircase at the Aquatic & Recreation Center overlooking West Hollywood Park. Our featured speakers were West Hollywood City Council Member John Heilman and Brenda Freiberg, past Board Chair for APLA Health and Trevor Project.
Following the reception, we marched in a candlelight vigil through the Park and around the block, concluding at the Council Chambers (see photos by Alex Wolvec below, courtesy of the City of West Hollywood).
The evening ended with a screening of the documentary Commitment to Life about the founding and important work of APLA and Los Angeles-area AIDS activism, fundraising, caregiving and organizing. Los Angeles County Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath and Craig Bowers of APLA Health spoke to the audience prior to the film.
A video from the event is available here.