Friday, March 24, 2023

Red Ribbon Week and World AIDS Day a Reminder that HIV Still Impacts the Community

Amidst the post-Thanksgiving hoopla about ‘Black Friday’, ‘Cyber Monday’ and Prince Harry’s engagement, Red Ribbon Week and World AIDS Day are being observed worldwide and here in Hampton Roads.  Throughout the region, a series of events are underway this week to remind people that HIV/AIDS, while treatable and preventable, remains a deadly disease.  If you want to learn more or get involved, we have listed a few events and activities happening this week.

Wear a Red Ribbon all Week!

The LGBLT Life Center is promoting a Red Ribbon Campaign this year, encouraging people to purchase red ribbons (available at the LGBT Life Center, MJ’s Tavern, Decorum Furniture, Streast and Todd Rosenlieb Dance).  For more than 25 years, the Red Ribbon has been a simple, yet powerful way for people to unite, and speak up about the impact of HIV/AIDS.  By wearing the red ribbon, you demonstrate that you are part of the fight to end the HIV epidemic. All proceeds from Red Ribbon Week support LGBT Life Center’s programs and services, including HIV testing, housing, and nutrition support.  You may also obtain a red ribbon by contacting Clayton Howard at 757-640-0929 or emailing

A Reflection on HIV/AIDS and The AIDS Memorial Quilt/Names Project, November 30, 11 a.m. Virginia Wesleyan Univ., Pearce Hospitality Suite

Please join LGBT Life Center Senior Community Health Navigator Lorraine Reichert for “A Reflection on HIV/AIDS and The AIDS Memorial Quilt/Names Project” at Virginia Wesleyan University on November 30.  More event information may be found here.

World AIDS Day, December 1

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.  You may find more information about prevention, testing and treatment here.

Hampton Roads AIDS Walk, December 2, 10 a.m., EVMS AIDS Resource Center, Free!

Join the callaboration of Community Based Organizations and AIDS Service Organizations as we come together from across the nation to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS. FREE and CONFIDENTIAL testing will be provided by the LGBT Life Center. Teens With a Purpose (TWP) will perform and there will also be information on PrEP available. Refreshments will be served.
The Walk will start at EVMS/AIDS Resource Center on the lawn—358 Mowbray Arch, Norfolk . Sign up 10:00am- 10:30am
We will start walking between 10:30am- 11:00 am.  The walk concludes at 700 E. Olney Road in Norfolk at Teens With A Purpose location. There will be a short program, refreshments and HIV testing.
A shuttle will be available to drive walkers back to ARC.  You may pre-register here.

The Code Red Ball, December 2, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., The Mambo Room, Norfolk

Come show off your vogue at The Code Red Ball in honor of World AIDS Day!  Hosted by Precious Ebony with beats by DJ iGnite

16+ to enter, 21+ to drink
Beer and wine cash bar available

OTA (open to all) RUNWAY: $200
OTA FACE: $150
*all prizes are given away in the form of a gift card. Gift cards may be used just like debit cards (as cash).

Behave with beauty, connect with intention.
We are obsessed with CONSENT.  Racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia will not be tolerated at our House.

More information can be found here.

Arts for Life Benefit Showcase, December 4, 7 p.m. at Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Norfolk

TR Dance Center is producing another wonderful evening of beautiful art for a change and a great cause. Artists from across Hampton Roads will lend their talent and craft to benefit The LGBT Life Center which is the largest provider of HIV/AIDS services to our community in Hampton Roads.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $15 for Students. Raffle Tickets will be on sale through the evening for wonderful gift certificates, artwork, and more.

Join us for a post-performance reception at Gershwin’s where we’ll announce the raffle winners, and enjoy food and drink with good friends.

Tickets available at


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