New Yorkers Observe World AIDS Day

Jawanza Williams of VOCAL-NY with Jaron Benjamin of Housing Works.
Donna Aceto

Activists huddled for a series of events on December 1 to mark World AIDS Day in New York City.

Advocates from Housing Works and VOCAL-NY first joined others at Christopher Park before proceeding to march to the New York City AIDS Memorial, which hosted a reading and candlelight vigil on the same day. Folks in attendance used the event to reaffirm calls to address housing needs and other issues facing people living with HIV. Some people then went on to the LGBT Community Center for a World AIDS Day discussion.

Among the multiple events that took place on World AIDS Day included readings at the AIDS Memorial of 10 artists who died from AIDS-related causes as well as a gathering of guest speakers an performers at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The activism followed an announcement by Governor Kathy Hochul that the Plan to End AIDS in New York State — which originally had a target of 2020 — would be extended to 2024 after the state fell short of achieving the original goal.

Below are some pictures from the day’s events.

New Pride Agenda executive director Elisa Crespo with State Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan.Donna Aceto
On World AIDS Day, folks encourage collaborative efforts to take on HIV/AIDS.
Remembering those who have died while incarcerated.Donna Aceto
The legacy of Keith Haring lives on.Donna Aceto
Activists Jason Rosenberg and Jason L. Walker.
Longtime AIDS activist and organizer Brent Nicholson Earle with Krishna Stone of GMHC.Donna Aceto
At St. John’s Lutheran Church.Donna Aceto