LGBT Center to host World AIDS Day programming

Published: November 23, 2022 Author: Staff reports

OHIO’s LGBT Center is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2022 by presenting “Being & Belonging,” a program of seven short videos highlighting under-told stories of HIV and AIDS from the perspective of artists living with HIV across the world. The program features newly commissioned work by Camila Arce (Argentina), Davina “Dee” Conner and Karin Hayes (USA), Jaewon Kim (South Korea), Clifford Prince King (USA), Santiago Lemus and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas (Colombia), Mikiki (Canada), and Jhoel Zempoalteca and La Jerry (México).

“Being & Belonging” focuses on the emotional realities of living with HIV. How does living with HIV shift the ways that a person experiences, asks for, or provides love, support, and belonging? The seven videos are a call for belonging from those who have been stigmatized within their communities or left out of mainstream HIV/AIDS narratives.

The films will be shown on a loop with captions on from 12 - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and from 2 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Allyship Room of the LGBT Center, located in Baker University Center 348. 

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

Special presentation on Thursday, Dec. 1

 Dr. Jan Huebenthal
Dr. Jan Huebenthal

On World AIDS Day, Thursday, Dec. 1, the LGBT Center is proud to partner with Equitas Health to bring former LGBT Center assistant director Dr. Jan Huebenthal for his presentation “HIV/AIDS, COVID, and MPX: Honoring our History, Claiming our Futures.” Jan will lead the audience in a conversation about epidemics, perseverance, and the power of community in the face of stigma.

Participants can attend the event in person in Baker University Center conference room 235 or attend virtually from via TEAMS from 5-6:30 p.m.

“World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the work that HIV positive people and their allies have done to help positive people survive, to recommit to the work of ending the AIDS crisis, and mourn our losses. We can reflect on the ways that the AIDS crisis shaped the modern LGBTQ movement and our responses to subsequent pandemics, and grapple with the ways that racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression affect our collective ability to address the challenges posed by AIDS and other viral crises,” said Sarah Doherty, assistant director of the LGBT Center. “Visual AIDS’ films provide global perspectives on AIDS today, and it is a privilege to engage with Dr. Huebenthal’s academic and professional work on HIV/AIDS, the gay community, and ongoing conversations and struggles around viruses, stigma, and access to care.”  

The event is open to all faculty, staff, students, and community members. Autocaptions will be provided for TEAMS participants. Any questions about the event or accessibility needs can be directed to Doherty at doherty@ohio.edu or 740-593-2818.