Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour

 

Monday, February 19

New York, NY

The LGBT Center
208 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Tuesday, February 20

Storrs, CT

UConn Bookstore
2075 Hillside Rd, Storrs, CT 06269

6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Thursday, February 22

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University
Fong Auditorium, Bolyston Hall (Room 110)

6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Co-hosted by the Student Global AIDS Campaign (US) and Youth Stop AIDS (UK), join us for the first ever international HIV+ Youth Speaker tour! Based on the Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour in the UK that has been running for over 15 years, four people will share their stories and experiences with HIV, why they have taken up the fight against HIV, and why we need more people on the front lines to battle all the factors that impact the raging HIV and AIDS pandemics. 

Coming from South Africa, UK, US, and Democratic Republic of Congo, these speakers are excited to share their stories and their passion for social justice. 

How can we advocate for the health and human rights of people with HIV worldwide? How do we bring other people into this campaign with us? Why now? 

Join forces with this global movement as we pave the way for an AIDS-free generation. All events are free to attend! 

 

Meet The Speakers

 

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Horcelie Sinda

Horcelie, a 22 year old woman originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo was born with HIV. Horcelie went to South Africa in 2016, where she was an International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteer with Restless Development supporting their Sexual Reproductive Health projects. Her experiences on ICS motivated her to be public with her HIV status and become an activist. Horcelie entered a beauty Pageant Miss Congo UK in hope to win and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the Congolese community. After winning, she has been campaigning and speaking with different Congolese organisations about HIV/AIDS, Education and Health Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She will be going to Congo this year to learn more about health crisis and AIDS related deaths in the Congo working with Dr Mukwege's Panzi hospital DRC and other organisations.



 

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Krishen Samuel

Krishen Samuel is a speech-language pathologist from Johannesburg, South Africa and has lived with HIV since he was 22. Living with HIV has been an empowering, life-affirming experience for Krishen: it has motivated him to become an activist and support key populations who are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. He is passionate about issues pertaining to the LGBT community and his written work has been featured in the Huffington Post UK and The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide. In 2016, Krishen embarked upon a new field of study in London and has recently completed an MSc in Global Public Health and Policy, with a special interest in HIV prevention campaigns aimed at men who have sex with men in London. During his time in the UK, Krishen has been a leading Youth Stop AIDS campaigner through activities such as speaking at high-level events and meeting key decision makers on the ‘It Ain’t Over’ campaign. This has included speaking engagements at Parliament and the Department for International Development as well as appearances on BBC and Sky News in the UK. Krishen has recently returned  to South Africa and aims to continue advocating for the rights of people living with HIV through sharing his story.

 

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Jawanza Williams

Jawanza Williams (pronouns, He, Him, They, Them) is a Black, radical Queer, Prison Abolitionist, Socialist, Community Organizer. He is a native of Beaumont, Texas. After he received a BA in English from Schreiner University in 2012, he moved to New York City, where he now works with the political organization Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY). He organized Queerocracy, an LGBTQ Youth Organizing project of VOCAL-NY for two years and is now the Statewide Organzier, focusing on building grassroots power in New York State outside of NYC in efforts to end AIDS, overdose, homelessness, and mass incarceration. Williams is an alumni of Public Allies of New York, and Center for Neighborhood Leadership, organizations dedicated to training professional Organizers, and increasing the capacity of nonprofit community based organizations. Williams is also a filmmaker and writer, often noting that “I’ve been a Writer before I could write."

 

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Robbie Lawlor

Robbie Lawlor who is 27 from Dublin, Ireland became active within the HIV community since his diagnosis in 2012. Robbie found his adjustment to living with HIV difficult due to the side effects of medication, living in a deafening silence, and the incessant fear of being 'outed'. He was determined to turn his HIV story around and make a better life for himself and others living with the condition. Robbie set up Ireland's first one-on-one peer support network in Ireland's busiest sexual health clinic. He became an event organizer in the social group organization, MeetUp Plus Friends. Robbie is co-founder of Act Up Dublin and Access to Medicines Ireland. Other projects include, creating visibility around HIV, the issues surrounding HIV and informing the public about their important role in overcoming these issues. To create a platform in which to discuss these issues, Robbie became Mr. Gay Ireland in 2014 and completed a Masters in Sexuality Studies. He wishes to use his experiences being a sexual health educator, participant of EATG's Step Up programme, various NGO work and treatment access advocacy to implement effective strategies to overcome issues surrounding HIV both nationally and globally.



 

 

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