Profiles in Advocacy: 2015 Truax Award-winner, Dr. Douglas Richman

The late-December/early-January “Profiles in Advocacy” column tends to be the one closest to my heart, for a couple of reasons.

First of all, it marks my column anniversary, as my first piece was written about 2012 Dr. A. Brad Truax Award-winner, Liz Johnson of Christie’s Place.

Secondly, to honor World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and AIDS Awareness Month (December), I have a tradition of dedicating each year’s issue to the individual honored by the San Diego HIV/AIDS community with that year’s Truax award, given out annually by San Diego County’s Health and Human Services HIV Branch.

It's Out and Proud Week at UC San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California -- The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center is celebrating the annual "Out and Proud Week" on the La Jolla campus today through Saturday.

Out and Proud Week is a week-long group celebration and private reflection on the achievements of LGBT-identified students, staff, and faculty and allies. It is also a time for public awareness and discussion of current LGBT issues on the state and national levels. The events provide the largest opportunity for community visibility on the UC San Diego campus.

See the schedule of events below.

UC San Diego's LGBT Resource Center celebrates 15 years

In the early 1990s, concerned staff, faculty and student activists sought to establish a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at the University of California, San Diego. In 1999, UC San Diego finally opened the LGBT Resource Office—the last campus to do so in the UC system.

UC San Diego Health System to host LGBTQ health forum at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- UC San Diego Health System and the San Diego LGBT Community Center will present a special forum, Ensuring the Health of the LGBTQ Community, on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm at The Center.

At the forum, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about UCSD Health and its commitment to the community; UCSD’s Owen Clinic which is one of the nation’s top HIV care programs; and PrEP, the once-a-day medication that is used to prevent HIV infection.

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World AIDS Day: Prince Harry shares a secret and President Obama has a message

The story of World AIDS Day is a complex one as there are so many different stories from around the globe to tell in the 33 years that has passed since the first confirmed case of AIDS.

World AIDS Day was first held in 1988 in an attempt to try to shine light on some of those stories, and the day has been observed each year since on Dec. 1 to commemorate the lives that have been lost and re-focus on the work that still needs to be done.

UC San Diego's AIDS Research Institute seeks community support

SAN DIEGO -- As part of the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute (ARI)'s "$20 for 20 Years" fundraising drive, three lucky donors will have the opportunity to win great prizes.

Anyone who donates at least $20 to ARI between March 1-17 will be entered to win a Saturday brunch for two at popular Hillcrest restaurant Baja Betty's. Three brunch packages will be given away.

Delta Lambda Phi social fraternity begins rush activities tonight

SAN DIEGO -- The Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi (DLP) begins its spring semester rush activities this evening.

DLP is a social fraternity for gay, bisexual, transgender and progressive men founded over 20 years ago at San Diego State University. The chapter is now open to students at all colleges and universities in San Diego County.

The theme for the Spring 2014 rush is "Be Different." The list of events is below. All events begin at 7 pm unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Meet and Greet at Tea n More

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World AIDS Day 2013 focuses on "zero" | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO -- This year’s global World AIDS Day theme for 2013, “Getting to Zero,” is part of the UNAIDS strategy to reach a world with zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths. Worlds AIDS Day will has been observed each year on Dec. 1 since 1988.

UCSD LGBT alumni invited to homecoming brunch

SAN DIEGO -- The UC San Diego (UCSD) LGBT Resource Center invites alumni to a special brunch on Saturday, Oct. 19 during the university's Homecoming Weekend.

The brunch brings together members of the UCSD "family" who have been involved with LGBT issues on campus, including former principal members of the school's LGBTQ student organizations, as well as recent graduates who attended the annual Rainbow Graduation. The LGBT Resource Center also hopes to reach alumni who were active with campus LGBT issues that it has lost contact with and invites them to participate in the brunch.

HIV University offers 3 more sessions this year

SAN DIEGO -- Three more HIV University classes have been scheduled for the remainder of the year. The classes provide HIV education to newly diagnosed clients, clients who are returning to care, partners, family and friends of HIV-positive individuals.

Presented by the UCSD AIDS Research institute in a collaboration with several other organizations, the free classes will be held on Sept. 19, Oct. 23, and Nov. 9.

Details about upcoming sessions are below.

Thursday, Sept. 19: HIV 101 (ENGLISH)
6-8 pm at Being Alive
4070 Centre St., San Diego, CA 92103