On World AIDS Day, Still Fighting Stigma

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the city health department’s deputy commissioner for the Division of Disease Control.
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At a ceremony held November 30 at Baruch College in Manhattan, the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition — made up of more than 60 community partners from across New York State — and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS hosted the fifth annual World AIDS Day Citywide Commemoration. Presented in conjunction with the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the State Department of Health, this year’s event was themed “Breaking Through Stigma,” focusing on how stigma and discrimination connect to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, disability, poverty, immigration status, violence, shame, and homelessness and housing instability, and create obstacles for people living with and affected by HIV to accessing optimal health care and support.

Out gay City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who has spoken often about his HIV-positive status.
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Charles King, who heads up the AIDS services group Housing Works.
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Wendy Stark, the executive director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which has mulitiple offices throughout the city serving the LGBTQ community.
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Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the acting city health commissioner.
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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.
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