Service of Justice and Remembrance
December 1, 2017
Pikes Peak MCC 1102 S. 21st St.
Gather with the community in Colorado Springs to recognize World AIDS Day 2017. It is an opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. It will be a time to hear stories from people living with the disease, and remember those loved ones who have died. Free and open to the public, all are welcome.
Co-sponsored by Southern Colorado Health Network. Refreshments afterward donated by Southern Colorado Health Network.
AIDS is about to turn 37—it approaches middle age. Still a major killer—more than one million people died of AIDS last year. But tamed in comparison to its youth: 1.8 million new infections this year, down from three million 10 years ago.
Millions of Americans identify as LGBTQ, and like any group, they have their own language to talk about both who they are and the challenges they face in a society that doesn’t fully accept or protect them.
This is a really helpful glossary of terms that you may have heard but aren’t so sure what they mean. Thanks to USA TODAY for publishing this during Pride month!
If you want to be an ally, these terms might help — but be aware that many have been used derogatorily by straight, white, cisgender (defined below!) people, and were reclaimed over time by the LGBTQ community.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and some of these terms — because they are so personal — likely mean slightly different things to different people. If you’re puzzled by a term and feel like you can ask someone you love in the LGBTQ community to help you make sense of it, do it. But also be careful not to put the burden of your education on other people when there’s a whole wide world of resources out there.
We are gathering for two Saturday mornings, May 20 and 27, from 10 am – Noon to make rainbow bracelets. We will give them away at PPMCC’s booth at Colorado Springs Pridefest in July. Join us either or both Saturdays for fun and crafting!