Purdue plans events for HIV/AIDS Awareness Week

November 15, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University has planned several activities Nov. 18-22 to mark HIV/AIDS Awareness Week. Events include an opening ceremony on Monday (Nov. 18) for the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and Purdue panels from the quilt will be on display at the Memorial Union throughout the week.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was conceived by West Lafayette native Cleve Jones in 1985 during a candlelight memorial for slain gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. He created the first quilt panel in 1987 to honor his friend Marvin Feldman. Since then, the quilt, the world's largest community arts project, has honored the lives of more than 94,000 Americans who have been lost to HIV/AIDS.

The events, which are free and open to the public, include:

* Monday (Nov. 18). 10 a.m. Purdue Memorial Union lawn. AIDS Memorial Quilt opening ceremony. West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis will be the keynote speaker. Also speaking will be Zenephia Evans, director of multicultural science programs and associate director of diversity in the College of Science. In case of rain, the ceremony will be in the PMU lobby.

Purdue panels from the quilt will be on display in PMU, Room 118, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (Nov. 18), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 19), noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 20), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 21) and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (Nov. 22).

A new panel for the quilt will be created in PMU, Room 118, during the week. Anyone interested in helping is welcome.

* Monday (Nov. 18). 5:30 p.m. March from Purdue Memorial Union to the Black Cultural Center. Participants should meet in PMU, Room 118.

* Monday (Nov. 18). 6:30 p.m. Black Cultural Center. Speakers from Brothers United will share their stories of living with HIV. Brothers United is an Indianapolis group that does HIV/STD education, outreach, prevention and testing.

* Tuesday (Nov. 19). 7 p.m. Krannert Auditorium. Screening of "How to Survive a Plague." The event is free, but those attending are asked to RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/591405207575848/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

* Wednesday (Nov. 20). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stewart Center. Free HIV testing and Transgender Day of Remembrance programming.

* Wednesday (Nov. 20). 6 p.m. Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, Room 172. Lisa Gilmore will be the keynote speaker for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Gilmore has worked on violence prevention for LGBTQ+ populations and advocated for LGBTQ+ survivors of violence. She has partnered with the Center on Halstead and is currently developing a grassroots organization called the Illinois Accountability Initiative to support the growth of healthy communities.

* Thursday (Nov. 21). All day. PMU, Room 118. Volunteers will help a local family sew the finishing touches on a panel that will be added to the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

* Friday (Nov. 22). 3 p.m. PMU, Room 118. Closing ceremony. A new panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be unveiled.

Sponsors of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week include the Purdue LGBTQ Center, Purdue University Student Health Center, Multicultural Science Programs, Krannert Outsource, Purdue Student Union Board, NOGLSTP@Purdue, Black Graduate Student Association, Trans Lafayette, ASPIRE Indiana and Purdue L.G.B.T.Q. Student Alliance.

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Source: Lowell Kane, 765-496-6231, LGBTQ@purdue.edu

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