Empowerment 2014 – Recipe for Success
The 21st annual Empowerment conference has been scheduled for Friday, September 19th at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center, located at 859 Convention Center Blvd.
This free educational conference, designed for consumers and providers, helps to bring the latest information on HIV/AIDS to our community. Every year, Empowerment covers a wide variety of topics related to HIV and AIDS ranging from legal considerations, to medical, social and psychosocial aspects of the disease.
Plenary Speaker: Mark S. King
Mark S. King has been speaking and writing about living with HIV since testing positive in 1985. He is the author of A Place Like This, his chronicle of the dawn of AIDS in Los Angeles, and is the creative force behind the popular site, MyFabulousDisease.com. He attributes his good health to three things: a strong partnership with his doctor, being in a loving relationship, and double chocolate brownies made from scratch.
To find out more about the conference, please call Lisa Breland at 821-2601, ext. 209 or Major Smith at ext. 232. You can also download the 2014 Empowerment Brochure here, as well as a schedule of events.
On Sunday, September 21, we will gather again in Audubon Park to walk because we still have miles to go in our fight against this disease. We hope you can join us in support of those we lost, those living with the disease today, and in hope that one day there is a cure.
Louisiana ranks as one of the hardest hit states with New Orleans and Baton Rouge in the top 10 cities for new infections.
The purpose of the WALK is not only to enhance the awareness of HIV and AIDS in our community, but also to raise the much-needed funds to provide vital services for those affected by the disease. All of your funds stay right here in New Orleans and the Gulf South to help people in our own communities.
Some of our programs include prevention education, HIV antibody testing and counseling, the Louisiana Statewide HIV/AIDS Hotline, primary medical care/ early intervention services, peer support, behavioral health, support groups, case management, housing coordination, medicine assistance, home-delivered meals and a food bank program.
Again, we thank you and our clients thank you to the moon and back for your past generosity. We hope that you will join us again and renew your commitment to fighting HIV and AIDS. We hope that one day there will be a cure, but until there is…NO/AIDS Task Force is here.
Geaux Red is the annual HIV/AIDS awareness event in honor of World AIDS Day hosted by the LGBTQ Project in the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs and Spectrum at LSU. A 2011 Louisiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 25% of Louisiana students never received formal sexual education regarding HIV or AIDS prevention.
WEAR RED on December 1 for World AIDS day!
LSU AIDS QUILT PROJECT
December 1, 2014
6pm-8pm at the African American Cultural
Honor our past and better our future–be a part of the start of LSU’s very first AIDS awareness and memorial quilt! We’ll provide the supplies, you provide the creativity.
History of the original AIDS Memorial Quilt:
In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.
December 2, 2014
12pm-2pm at the African American Cultural
HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART) is offering free HIV oral testing – no blood, no needles.
Bring your family, bring your friends, bring anyone you know, and take action for equality with others in your community!
Together with Capital City Alliance, Baton Rouge Pride Fest, MCC Baton Rouge, PFLAG Baton Rouge and Spectrum, Equality Louisiana (EQLA), the statewide coalition of LGBT and allied advocacy groups, will host a free workshop open to everyone in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
**The event will take place in the large meeting room on the second floor for the Barnes and Noble at LSU.
EQLA’s Community Connects are a great opportunity to learn about state-level LGBT-related legislation coming up in the 2015 legislative session that will begin April 13. We will discuss the big issues faced by our community and the different ways we can all advocate for LGBT people, no matter how hectic our schedules are.
We want everyone to leave ready to make your voice heard.
EQLA will be traveling all over the state in the coming weeks, so look for a Community Connect event near you if you are not in the Baton Rouge area.
Spectrum and Equality Louisiana are proud to present the 2015 Louisiana Queer Conference, the largest student-run LGBTQ conference in the South, with the support of Louisiana Trans Advocates, Capital City Alliance, Qroma, the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, and LSU Student Government!
All students and community members are welcome to join us on March 14 for workshops, caucus sessions, an update on the state of the LGBTQ movement in Louisiana, a fantastic keynote address, and a panel of queer student leaders from across the state.
Throughout the conference, we will reflect on this year’s theme, “Bold Not Broken: Queer Resilience in the South,” which centers the work of queer Southern activists that have lived, worked, and built lives here for decades in the face of a growing national narrative–that the South has been an “impossible” place to organize and is now the new frontier for LGBTQ activism.
Online registration is open now at http://www.laqueerconference.org/register.
The cost is free with your LSU ID, $5 with a non-LSU college ID, and $10 for all other attendees.
The Louisiana Queer Conference provides leadership development, networking opportunities, and social support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) college students and their allies in Louisiana. The conference provides an annual venue for individuals to discuss ideas and collaborate on projects, while building a statewide network to advance the LGBTQ movement.
The conference will be followed by Queer Prom.
Schedule of Events
|8:15 am||Registration Opens|
|10:20||Workshop Session 1|
|11:10||Lunch & Networking|
|12:30 pm||Student Leader Panel|
|1:30||Workshop Session 2|
|2:30||Workshop Session 3|
|4:30||Equality Louisiana Awards|
Session 1 (10:20 – 11:10)
Paul R. Baier – Same-Gender Marriage in the Courts
Joe Melcher – What PFLAG Can Do for You
Liam Lair – Making Spaces Sae and Affirming for Trans*/GNC Folks!
Sara Pic – Exploring and Preserving Our Disappearing Histories
Destiny Billiot – (A)sex Ed
Jacqueline Wilson – Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
Elizabeth Jenkins – Trans 101
Session 2 (1:30 – 2:20)
Dr. Elena Castro – Queering Academia: Legacies, Conversations, and Movements
Tucker Barry – Making the Grade: a Toolkit for LGBTQ Students to Create Change on Campus
Megan Gilliam – Meet Me at the Intersection
Clyde Jones Jr. – HIV 101
Brandon McWilliams – Running on Empty
Joshua Mesman – Queer Jesus
BreakOUT! – Get Yr Rights (Part 1)
Session 3 (2:30 – 3:20)
Eric Evans – HIV Criminalization and PrEP School Because You Can Never Be Too Safe!
Andrea Rubin – Legal Updates and Discussion
Dr. Donald Hoppe – Our Place at the Table: LGBTQ Spirituality
Courtney Murr – Breaking BInaries
Peter Jenkins – Campus Organizing Tactics
Montgomery Mewers – Campus Trans*formation
BreakOUT! – Get Yr Rights (Part 2)