Abounding Prosperity Inc.,(API is hosting a series of events in honor of World AIDS Day 2022, Thursday, December 1, 2022, kicking off with its second annual “Legacy of Lives Lost” exhibit.
This interactive exhibit will include 100 life-size statues to commemorate the lives lost to AIDS related complications over the past 34 years. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2400 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75215.
There will be a reception featuring a violinist and light refreshments from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public, though attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be distributed to children in need during the holiday.
On Friday, December 2, 2022, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., API and the Human Rights Campaign, Center for Black Equity and HPTN096, are partnering to host a free community event, The Red Rooftop Renaissance, at Sky Blu Rooftop Bar at Tru by Hilton Dallas Market Center, 1949 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207, in honor of World AIDS Day 2022.
According to organizers, API is working hard in the community through these events and others to increase knowledge around HIV and its prevention, reduce the stigma around sexuality and sexual health and increase access to prevention and treatment resources.
On World AIDS Day and every day, API lives out its mission to provide services that address the health, social and economic disparities among Black Americans with a particular emphasis on gay and bisexual men, cisgender women, transgender women and their families.
These events were created to increase influential awareness around World AIDS Day, vaccine inequity and the surplus of health disparities that disproportionately impact Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ communities.
“Recently, we’ve been consumed by COVID and monkeypox, but it’s important to remember that HIV and AIDS are still of concern to our communities,” said Kirk Myers-Hill, founder and chief executive officer of API. “Our goal is to educate individuals and provide the necessary resources so that we may all remain diligent in the fight against this disease.”
In addition to the Red Rooftop Renaissance event, Abounding Prosperity Inc. is encouraging the community to get their Mon-keypox vaccine through their clinical partner, H.O.P.E. Health and Wellness Center, 1619 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75215. H.O.P.E. Health and Wellness Center is accepting walkins for vaccines during business hours, Mondays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To help encourage increased vaccine rates, API will also conduct two $500 raffles for individuals who complete their 1st dose of the vaccine by December 15.
The drawing will take place at Dallas Southern Pride’s Christmas Fundraising Gala featuring a performance by Patti LaBelle on Saturday, December 17, 2022, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. CST at the Fairmont Dallas, 1717 Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75201.