Our first annual Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Thank you to all who attended our first annual Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in MacArthur Park.

Here are some pictures from the event.


First, I really want to thank everyone who was part of the planning committee:

Ceri Zamora (Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women); Gloria Lucas (APAIT); Hugo Ortiz (City of Los Angeles); Kelli Dillon (AIDS Healthcare Foundation); Kenia Gutierrez (Heart of Art Gallery); Lawrence Fernandez (L.A. CADA); Lori Mizuno (AIDS Healthcare Foundation); Michelle Enfield (Co-Chair, HIV DATF& Red Circle Project, APLA Health & Wellness); Michelle Gonzalez (Being Alive); Nkechi Johnson (AIDS Project Los Angeles); T’Yana Taylor (USC School of Social Work); and Terri Reynolds (AADAP, Inc.)


I want to thank all of the performers:

DJ Drianica;  Kameltoe, Lilia Bogoeva the Acro Guitarist; Oracle Jayne Doe; Maya Jupiter; Jazzmun Crayton;  Naia Izumi; Brenda Carsey & the Awe; New Evil; and Doris Reed and special appearance by Jesua Bones – and to Nancy Peterson for running the sound all day.

And thank you Mychele Sims and Paulina Zamudio for Zumba.



We had a great resource fair, with the following agencies offering gifts, information, and more:

AADAP, Inc; AHF Women of Action; American Indian Counseling; AIDS Project Los Angeles; APLA Health & Wellness; APLA Red Circle Project; APLA Women’s PrEP Study; Behavioral Health Services, Inc.; Being Alive; Bienestar; CHIRP-LA; Clinica Romero; Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CASTLA); ELA Women’s Center; Health Net; L.A. HIV Law & Policy Project; LA LGBT Center – Family Violence Intervention, LA LGBT Center – youth center; LA LGBT Center STOP Partner Abuse; ModernHEALTH Specialty AD-RX Pharmacy; Planned Parenthood LA; SFV CMHC; St. Johns Well Child and Family Center; Universal Condom Work group; US Natl Council for UN Women; USC MCA; Valley Community Healthcare; W King Health Care Group (thank you for the reiki!)

Especially, thank you to Heart of Art Gallery (Kenia & Bell – you ROCK!) for making the space so gorgeous.

To Parks & Rec for all the set up and the canopies; Hugo Ortiz at Gilbert Cedillos office for, well, everything; Shirin Buckman and Ceri Zamora at the Commission on the Status of Women; Vodtjka Novocherkassk and Dustin Poulton for making (and re-making, and re-remaking) the posters.

D & R Catering – that food ROCKED!

If you were there and took pictures or video, please share with us! Also, any comments about the event are welcome.

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