American Program Bureau Commemorates AIDS Awareness Month

December is AIDS Awareness Month, and American Program Bureau would like to recognize the following speakers for their continued advocacy in AIDS awareness. AIDS can affect anyone in a multitude of ways, and is a global pandemic. How can AIDS be addressed? Discussed? Cured? Here are some speakers who can help us get those answers.

Cleve Jones is an AIDS activist whose started in San Francisco during the 1970s, when he worked for gay rights leader Harvey Milk. Jones is the co-founder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which has memorialized the lives of over 85,000 Americans killed by AIDS. Dynamic and inspiring, Jones speaks on AIDS awareness, treatment, and education, and has met with national leaders to discuss this global issue.

Hydeia Broadbent is an AIDS activist and advocate, who was abandoned as an infant and diagnosed HIV-positive at age three with the prognosis that she wouldn’t live past age five. Now more than 20 years later as a distinguished international public speaker, Broadbent spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention by promoting abstinence, safe-sex practices, and self-awareness with body health.

Judith Light is an Emmy award-winning actress, as well as a board member and advocate for many organizations and charities representing AIDS-related and human rights issues. Her stories of working with organizations like Equity Fights AIDS, the NAMES Project memorial quilt, the Trevor Project, and more are shared in her moving keynotes on AIDS and human rights, showing us that the way we treat others is a reflection of ourselves.

Greg Louganis is a former Olympic diver and author of Breaking the Surface, which shares his experience as an HIV-positive gay man. Louganis has set up a scholarship fund so LGBTQ youth can get an education in a safe environment. In his moving presentations, Louganis speaks on obstacles he has overcome with honest messages of acceptance and understanding.

Melyssa Ford is an actress who’s used her visibility as an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention activist. Ford has preserved in the face of prejudice and personal difficulties, desiring the same goals for others to improve health and removing stigmas. Showing selflessness while seeking to improve the quality of life for young people, Ford is passionate about educating and spreading awareness to audiences about HIV/AIDS.

Kathy Najimy is an award-winning actress who is a vocal supporter of women, girls, and LGBTQ rights. Speaking out against sexism, racism, and homophobia, Najimy shares an idealism that all humans are equal, connected by a sense of common humanity. She has led the way for AIDS activism for 20 years and in her keynotes shares her messages with candor and refreshing humor.

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