Not Your Mama’s Wedding & Event Expo produced by the Pride Guides! Who: Everyone & Their Mama! What: 5th Annual “Not Your Mama’s” Wedding & Event Expo Produced by Pride Guide® When: Saturday, November 4th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Where: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Midtown 4000 N. Central Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85012 Why: Because you haven’t been to a wedding & event expo like this! We have Arizona’s premier wedding & event vendors, Wedding Costume & Karaoke Contests with AMAZING Prizes and more FUN than you can handle. Want To Be A Vendor: Contact us at 602-466-2501 or Arizona@ThePrideGuides.com to reserve your exhibitor space today. Space is limited & we will sell out so please contact us before it’s too late. Tickets are $5 in advance online at OpenMindedExpo.com or $10 at the door.
June 16, 2017 (PHOENIX): Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS is pleased to announce it is one of 30 grantees in the United States to receive a 5-year, 1.7 million dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance HIV prevention and outreach services in Arizona. In 2016, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS performed over 5,000 free Rapid HIV and 3,000 STI tests for the Phoenix community. Thanks to the generous $1.7 million federal grant funding, Southwest Center will now be able to increase the accessibility of their free and low-cost HIV and STI tests to an even larger population of Arizonans whose lives have been touched by HIV.
“Over 17,000 men and women are living with diagnosed HIV in Arizona. Many more live without knowledge of the disease,” says Gary Egan, Interim CEO of the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. “This grant will be instrumental in helping us and our community partners improve the lives of those 17,000 individuals and others who are at risk for HIV.”
Through a collaborative partnership between one-n-ten and Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, the grant funds will be used to provide comprehensive, high-impact HIV prevention services to young, Hispanic men who have sex with men between the ages of 13 and 29. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hispanic/Latino community is disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2014 alone, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for nearly a quarter of new HIV diagnoses in the United States, despite representing only 17% of the total U.S. population.
Not only will the funding be used to increase accessibility to HIV and STD testing among those at highest risk for infection, it will aim to re-engage previously diagnosed individuals who are now out-of-care, connect and retain diagnosed individuals to critical medical care and support services, and ensure that individuals who are at high risk for infection have access to critical prevention and support, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Additionally, project materials and services are being developed to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking individuals.
Founded in 1990, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS is located inside the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, conveniently located just off the light rail, and provides prevention, education and outreach services to 30,000 Maricopa County citizens each year living with HIV/AIDS or at-risk for becoming infected.
The impact of the generous CDC funding will be felt throughout the Phoenix community as it supports Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS reduce the spread of new infections, increase access to care, and promote overall health equity.
To learn more check out SWHIV.org!
About Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, a medical and support center based in Phoenix, Arizona, for people living with or at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS is the largest clinical, education, behavioral health, prevention and nutrition support center dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS in the Southwestern United States. A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (formerly Body Positive) was founded in 1990 by Kirk Baxter. The Center’s vision, “leading the fight against HIV and AIDS” is carried out through our mission of reducing infection, improving quality of life and contributing to worldwide research. Today, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking HIV and AIDS-fighting drugs that earned Federal Drug Administration approval, thanks in part to the Center’s clinical trials and biomedical research program.
Pride Guide® is proud to announce we’ve partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to raise money for the LGBTQ community. Pride Guide® supporters who attend the game on June 27th will also receive admittance into a networking event on La Terraza. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to local LGBTQ charities.
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Come Party With Us!
Who: Everyone & Their Mama!
What: 5th Annual “Not Your Mama’s” Wedding & Event Expo Produced by Pride Guide®
When: Saturday, November 4th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Midtown 4000 N. Central Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85012
Why: Because you haven’t been to a wedding & event expo like this! We have Arizona’s premier wedding & event vendors, a Bridal Race through Central Phoenix prior to the expo, Karaoke & Costume Contests and more FUN than you can handle. Stay tuned for more details!
Visit us online at OpenMindedExpo.com for discount tickets.
Our rates are ONE PRICE, ONE FULL YEAR of exposure in print & online at www.GayArizona.com, the premier LGBT travel, wedding and business resource guide. Contact us at 602.466.2501 or Arizona@ThePrideGuides.com to secure your space by January 13th! You can also sign up with ease online at: www.GayArizona.com/Advertise
Flagstaff, November 7th The Arboretum at Flagstaff and The Flagstaff Arts Council present the 2nd Annual Flagstaff Festival of Trees beginning this weekend, November 11th through December 3rd. Individuals, schools, organizations and businesses have beautifully decorated and donated a tree or other seasonal item to the festival, all to be raffled on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at The Arboretum.
Over 45 decorated holiday trees, wreaths and seasonal décor is on display in the historic Walter Reichardt House at the Arboretum from November 11—December 3, 2016 on Fridays and Saturdays 3-8pm, and on Sundays 4-7pm. New this year, a courtyard light display to enjoy along with campfires, hot cider and cocoa, wine on Saturdays, and different live entertainment each night. One hundred percent of all funds raised will benefit The Arboretum at Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Arts Council.
Seasonal tree festivals are a popular annual holiday tradition in many communities in this country. According to Erin Evans and Peter Jolma, Co-Chairs of the organizing committee, “Flagstaff and the Arboretum will provide an ideal setting for this event and will be a wonderful way to start the holidays. Donors and participants will represent a broad spectrum of local organizations and businesses, and the event will showcase the Flagstaff community’s creative skills and interests.
For more information, please visit www.thearb.org, or call Victoria Leone at 928-774-1442, ext. 124.
“It’s All for You” Complimentary LGBT Community Luncheon MEET & GREET Oct. 30th 1pm-4pm Come have lunch with Carol Brown Three-Time Emmy Award Winner, Seven-Time Emmy Award Nominee and author of the award winning book, Natural to Knockout. Sunday, October 30th 1p – 4p in PebbleCreek, Goodyear AZ. Tuscany Falls Ballroom, PebbleCreek Country Club Address: 16222 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85395 RAFFLE: $800 GIFT BASKET OF SEACRET® PRODUCTS In addition to the raffle, all attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag that includes Seacret Superior Skin Care products (Products were at the Oscars in the celebrity gift suite).
Attending a gay pride festival as part of a family vacation? It doesn’t exactly top the popular list of family plans for summer travel. But I write from experience when I say that it’s actually a great way to bring your family together and experience something entirely different.
Our family attended Bisbee Pride 2016 this past weekend and had a fabulous time.
If you’re not familiar with pride festivals and parades, they are typically held in cities and towns around the US and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture and pride. They also serve as a popular venue for promoting legal rights and equality for LGBT individuals. Cities such as Miami Beach, Boston, New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Tucson, and even towns like Bisbee host these events annually and feature everything from concerts and flamboyant parades to pool parties and pub crawls. The mood is festive, the crowd is friendly and the people-watching is exceptional. You’ll see people dressed in all variety of irreverent get-ups and whimsical costumes, but one thing you don’t see a lot of is traditional nuclear families in attendance. You might see a number of families with gay or lesbian parents, but traditional families, not so much.
A number of things brought our family together for a weekend getaway at Bisbee Pride. First, some good family friends own a handful of vacation rental homes in Bisbee and offered us a place to stay that weekend. They made the offer for a number of reasons, but the most important being: our oldest child is gay, our whole family loves visiting Bisbee, and the four of us had never attended a pride festival together. Our friends assured us it would be the experience of a lifetime, not only because Bisbee is a fun and quirky little town, but it would be a generous act of love for all of us to make this happen for our son, and it wasn’t lost on us that it fell on Father’s Day weekend.
At first, my husband was ambivalent about it. This sort of stuff just isn’t his thing, but the reasons above are what really pushed him over. With that, our teenage daughter also joined us and it became a family vacation. Our son started his summer break from his program at the U of A that Friday evening, so we picked him up and headed south to Bisbee.
When we arrived, we caught a glimpse of the crowd gathering for the Lingerie Pub Crawl. Lacking the proper attire and considering our two underaged family members, we passed on that activity, but other choices included a street dance, a cabaret, live music, a ghost tour, and a variety show. We walked around and checked out a few of the events, but didn’t stay out too late. The highlight of the evening was running into two friendly fellows dressed as nuns with colorful makeup who said they were part of the Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. They invited us to their Twisted Sister Bingo & Bloody Mary Bar on Sunday morning, a fundraising event to benefit a local domestic violence prevention program. They also mentioned we would see them again during the Bisbee Pride Parade on Saturday, the main event of the weekend.
During most of the day on Saturday it was a typical tourist experience in Bisbee, the crowd was a mix of tourists, locals and folks in town for the event, but nothing too outrageous. We walked through the pride booths and vendors and picked up all sorts of freebies ranging from bead necklaces and bracelets to bumper stickers and condoms. Yes, condoms; both male and female, along with other products and accessories. I’ll dispense with the specifics, but the booth was promoting safe sex and brought up some interesting dialogue between me and my kids. They learned a few things and so did I. I know not all parents feel the same as I do, but I want my kids to be able to come to me with any questions they have about sexuality and I have promised them I will answer them honestly, as best I can. Parenting a gay child brings up another whole subset of things to consider when offering guidance and it’s interesting how something as simple as picking up a free condom can open up a conversation that really needs to happen between parent and child.
My son and I had also attended Phoenix Pride the previous year and one difference we noted was that the Bisbee Pride seemed tamer and the events were more spread out. Events were happening at various locations all over town rather than in one large, centralized park area where you paid a hefty cover charge to enter. Many of the events at Bisbee Pride were free, including the parade. Also, the Bisbee crowd wasn’t quite as flamboyant with fewer folks adorned in outrageous costumes and makeup. The vast majority seemed perfectly happy in plain clothes. However, the intensity amped up on Saturday night.
The parade brought people out on their porches and lining the streets to catch a glimpse. We watched from the deck of a local restaurant, snapping photos of the colorful floats and costumes as they passed by, then followed the action into the Brewery Gulch area where bands and deejays played and the friendly crowd partied well into the night. We didn’t make it to bed until 2:00 a.m.
Despite the late night, we actually did make it to the Twisted Sisters Bingo game on Sunday morning and enjoyed some fantastic bloody marys. It was a great way to cap off an awesome weekend.
It’s worth mentioning that whether you’re attending a pride festival or not, Bisbee is still a wonderful town to visit. If you live in Arizona, you really owe it to yourself to go. It was recently named a Best Historic Small Town in America by readers of USA TODAY, and in February, Sunset magazine named Bisbee as the Best Small Town of 2016. Our family has visited Bisbee a handful of times, so going during a pride festival really gave us an opportunity to see it from a fresh perspective, and truly it gave us a reason to love it even more.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of a family vacation to a pride festival, I would offer a couple of caveats. Our children are older, ages 16 and 19, so they weren’t shocked or confused by the adult concepts they encountered. Plus, with our oldest being gay, we had an obvious connection to what was going on and, with several extended family members who are gay, we’re accepting of LGBT people in general. Every family is different. My recommendation would be to gauge your own family’s comfort level before attending such an event together. Our encounter was very positive and we experienced something totally outside the norm for us. We made some great memories. But best of all, our son got to experience Bisbee Pride with his family, a loving show of support that he can carry with him for a lifetime.