Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2016 – 10:00 PM
In honor of World AIDS Day, The Advocate, with the generous support from Michael J. Libow and in conjunction with The NAMES Project Foundation, is bringing three installation panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Los Angeles for display at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills Public Library. The panels will be on display at these venues from November 28 – December 4. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was originally sewn together by friends, lovers and family members as a memorial to those who had died of AIDS.
“Now is yet another time we need to remember the resilience of our community, and the people who we lost before someone listened to our protests,” said Lucas Grindley, editorial director for Here Media. “Rates of HIV infection are still far too high. The CDC reports that half of all young, gay black men will be HIV-positive in their lifetime. There’s work to do. Thankfully, there’s also a path forward because of those who’ve come before us. Here Media is humbled and honored to help remember them.”
On Thursday, December 1, The Advocate will host a community event “Voices of Hope” to inspire the future and remember the past at the Grand Hall of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills for the public to view the installation from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. In addition to Grindley, the evening will include remarks from Here Media CEO Paul Colichman, Beverly Hills Councilmember and former mayor the Honorable Lili Bosse, Beverly Hills community leader Michael Libow, actor and advocate Mel England, Olympic gold medalist and advocate Greg Louganis and the Black AIDS Institute’s Programs Coordinator Gerald Garth, who will each pay tribute to the many lives lost to the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Public interested in attending can RSVP for the event here: Advocate.com/voicesofhope.
The NAMES Project began in San Francisco in June of 1987 when a group of strangers wanted to create a memorial for their loved ones who had died of AIDS and help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic today includes more than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels, with portions constantly on display around the country.