Newsletter Archive: Volume 2.3, March 2011 An Update from the Greater Than AIDS© Movement

 

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WE>AIDS greaterthan.org An Update from the Greater Than AIDS Movement

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DECIDING MOMENT: WE>AIDS

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> Greater Than AIDS - with PRIDE! As we approach 30 years since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed, Greater Than AIDS and its partners are proud to introduce several new initiatives to engage the gay community, including:

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• New public service messages featuring gay and bisexual men from all walks of life, including those living with HIV, as part of the Deciding Moments campaign. Among those profiled are Andre and Albert, a couple committed to staying HIV negative; Duane, an HIV positive man whose father died of AIDS-related complications 26 years ago; and Jon, who battled addiction after testing positive for HIV, but has since taken control of his life and his health. The new Greater Than AIDS: Pride campaign was previewed at this year’s Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party: WATCH

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LOGO Television and Here Media have joined with Greater Than AIDS to reach gay and bisexual men with messages and information about HIV/AIDS and related issues. These multimedia partnerships include targeted public service announcements (PSAs) and expanded HIV/AIDS news and editorial across Here Media’s iconic brands — including Gay.com, Out, The Advocate, and HIV Plus — as well as on LOGO Television.

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• Stay tuned for Greater Than AIDS Pride events in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and more in the coming year!

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WNBA star Candice Wiggins

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SPOTLIGHT

Women and Girls > AIDS!

On March 10, National Women and Girls’ HIV Awareness Day, Greater Than AIDS was in the Peach Tree State to help the Georgia Department of Community Health (GDCH) launch Sistas Organizing to Survive (SOS), a statewide mobilization effort to prevent HIV among Black women. WNBA star Candice Wiggins, who lost her father to AIDS and shares her personal story in the Deciding Moments campaign, was the keynote speaker at a GDCH gala. Greater Than AIDS was also highlighted at a GDCH press conference. The GDCH has incorporated Greater Than AIDS into its statewide outreach efforts, so look for Georgia > AIDS radio spots, billboards, and special events now and in coming months!

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G > WARRIORS

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A Full-Court Press

As part of an ongoing partnership with the NBA and WNBA, Greater Than AIDS is working with teams across the league to organize themed game nights to increase knowledge about HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma surrounding the disease. The game nights are conducted in partnership with local health departments, foundations, and AIDS service organizations. Among the teams helping to bring Greater Than AIDS to their communities are the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, and San Antonio Spurs. And during the Golden State Warriors > AIDS game night on January 26, fans got a special treat when Danny Glover turned out to help promote the Greater Than AIDS message.
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Greater Than AIDS in Primetime

Greater Than AIDS in Primetime

In January, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° dedicated a special hour to AIDS in America. In addition to an in-depth interview with Sir Elton John about his foundation’s work to end the disease, Cooper spoke with Academy-award winning actress Mo’Nique and Phill Wilson of the Black AIDS Institute.Together with Greater Than AIDS, the show featured Deciding Moments from famous personalities, including Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, basketball legends Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Pau Gasol, comedienne Margaret Cho, author Maya Angelou and activist Jeanne White Ginder, the mother of the late Ryan White.
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NABJ

NABJ > AIDS

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) held its third annual Media Institute on Health, Health Policy and Health Disparities on March 24-26 at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, DC. Marteniz Brown, who along with his mother, Teresa, is profiled in Greater Than AIDS’ Deciding Moments campaign, shared with the audience his experience finding out he was HIV positive when applying to the Air Force. He spoke about how, with the love of his family and medical care, he has been able to thrive. Phill Wilson of the Black AIDS Institute and a founding partner of Greater Than AIDS was also among the high-profile speakers on the program. NABJ joined with Greater Than AIDS to invite attendees to record their own personal Deciding Moments that changed how they think about HIV/AIDS and inspired them to get involved. To view these Deciding Moments and share your own visit: greaterthan.org/moment.
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HIV Plus

Greater Than AIDS on Newsstands

The January / February issue of HIV Plus, a Here Media publication, profiled Greater Than AIDS and featured Andre and Albert, seen here in the Deciding Moments cast, on the cover. EBONY, ESSENCE, Heart & Soul, Out, and VIBE magazines also highlighted the campaign in February and March issues.
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Greater Than AIDS on Campus

Greater Than AIDS on Campus

Check out this video of college students talking about putting Greater Than AIDS into action! It was created at an HIV/AIDS informational event hosted by the Temple University chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. Collegiate chapters of the Respect Yourself, Check Yourself, Protect Yourself (RCP) Movement in Florida have also shown that action > apathy. They helped distribute Greater Than AIDS materials during the Miami Heat > AIDS game night, and organized campus viewing parties for the game throughout the state! For more on how you can be greater than AIDS on your campus, check out http://www.greaterthan.org/2010/10/be-greater-than-aids-on-campus/.

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Real Talk

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David Furnish, chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, shares his thoughts on being Greater Than AIDS. The op-ed was published in leading gay publications across the nation.
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HONOR ROLL

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Honor Roll

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The West Hollywood City Council honored Greater Than AIDS at its February 22nd meeting. Phill Wilson, CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, accepted the award on behalf of Greater Than AIDS’ partners.

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And kudos to Greater Than AIDS ambassador Marvelyn Brown, who was featured on BET's Modern Black History Heroes for Black History Month!
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Behind the Scenes

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Meet Chris, a freelance game developer from Brooklyn. What’s his Deciding Moment? “The loss of my cousin—it wasn’t until he told me he was HIV positive that I realized how little I knew about HIV,” he says. “I combed the internet for more information and swore to keep myself up to date on HIV/AIDS transmission, preventative measures, and ways to cope with carrying the virus.” For more about Chris, and other inspiring stories, visit greaterthan.org/pride. And share your own Deciding Moment here.

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[YOUR CITY] > AIDS

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For innovative ideas on how you can bring Greater Than AIDS to your area, check out our new Take Action page, which highlights success stories from across the country. Then, swing by the new, easy to navigate Online Store for FREE Greater Than AIDS informational materials and promotional items provided at reduced cost from preferred vendors. (Greater Than AIDS does not profit from merchandise sales.) Action > Apathy!

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Greater Than Materials ORDER NOW

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The most powerful thing I can do to help end HIV in my community is _____. Convince my community to get tested. Especially the younger folks who think that they are invincible. HIV DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE, PLAYA HATE, OR HESITATE... IT ONLY INCUBATES, ERADICATES, AND DEVASTATES... PROTECT YOURSELF AND EACH OTHER! -- Cecily Carroll Own it, and don’t allow it to own me. Jason Villalobos Encourage others to know the facts, know their HIV status, and help others to do the same. A domino effect of knowledge to combat the domino effect of infection -- Audrey Chavez

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Coming To A City Near You!

March 30

Clippers > AIDS night at Staples Center — L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks

April 11

Georgia > AIDS Testing Tour, Savannah State University

April 12

Georgia > AIDS Testing Tour, Albany State University

April 13

Georgia > AIDS Testing Tour, Fort Valley State University (15 min south of Macon, GA)

April 14

Georgia > AIDS Testing Tour, Paine College (Augusta, GA)

April 15

Georgia > AIDS Testing Tour, Morehouse College

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Greater Than AIDS is an unprecedented collaboration among a broad coalition of public and private sector partners united in response to the AIDS crisis in the United States, in particular the severe and disproportionate epidemic among Black Americans and other heavily affected groups. Through a national media campaign and targeted community outreach, Greater Than AIDS aims to increase knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma surrounding the disease. For more information, visit: www.greaterthan.org/about To (un)subscribe, send a message to greaterthan@kff.org