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6/15/2012: International AIDS Conference

Don’t be left wondering why tens of thousands of international visitors descend upon DC next month—join us this Friday for a special discussion on the upcoming International AIDS Conference with guest facilitator and HIV/AIDS activist Venton Jones.

We will discuss the significance of the U.S. hosting this conference for the first time, progress being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS both here in the U.S. and abroad, and how you can get involved in and take action on this important public health issue.

Friday’s discussion promises to be insightful and eye-opening, so don’t miss out! As always, join us at 8:30 pm at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in DuPont Circle. And afterward, join us for food and libations!


About Venton Jones:

Venton Jones represents a new generation of national leaders committed to advancing public health and social justice for African American and LGBT communities. Currently, Mr. Jones is the Senior Program Associate for Communications and Education Manager at The National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC). Prior to joining NBGMAC, Mr. Jones worked with the UC San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. Mr. Jones has also worked as an expert consultant for a number of agencies and government entities, including the White House.

Venton Jones is a recipient of the National Association of People with AIDS, Positive Leadership Award, and National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities Award for Excellence in Support for HIV/AIDS and Community Service. He received his B.S. in Community Health from Texas A&M University and his M.S. in Health Care Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Proud To Be Gay?

Are you proud to be gay?

What does that even mean?

With gay pride coming up this weekend, we’ll discuss this word that has become controversial.

In a contrarian piece, Jesse Bering in Scientific American wrote an essay entitled “Why I’m Not Proud Of Being Gay”

Is he right, or splitting hairs?

Afterwards, we’ll head to a local establishment to eat.