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N. Texas helped mark AIDS anniversary
5 In 2011, the world marked three decades
of AIDS. It was June 5,1981, that the Cen-
• ters for Disease Control first reported on
five cases in which otherwise healthy young men,
all gay, had been treated for Pneumocystis caririii
pneumonia at three separate Los Angeles hospi-
tals since the previous October, with two of them
dying of the disease. A month later, on July 4, the
CDC reported on 26 cases of Kaposi's sarcoma,
again all in gay men, within the previous 30
months, with eight of the patients having died. As
scientists struggled to find the cause, the plague
became known as GRID, or gay-related immune
But it wasn't until a year later — on June 27,
1982 — that the term AIDS, or acquired immune
deficiency syndrome, was coined. Human im-
munodeficiency virus — HTV—wouldn't be dis-
covered until 1983 by Institut Pasteur in France,
and it was identified as the cause of AIDS by Dr.
Robert Gallo in the U.S.
By 2011, more than 25 million people world-
wide had died of AIDS, and new infections con-
tinue, with men who have sex with men once
again leading in terms of new infections, accord-
ing to the CDC.
Despite the frightening infection rates, federal
funding for HIV / AIDS services is dwindling,
n i t y - b a s,e d
find new ways
to raise money
the public. One
North Texas or-
sources of Rural
Texas based in
July that it could no longer keep its head above
water and would be closing its doors as of Sept.
Most clients who had been accessing services
at ARRT were absorbed by the Tarrant County
AIDS Outreach Center in Fort Worth, where Ex-
ecutive Director Allan Gould pledged to continue
to provide services to its growing client base/ de-
spite increasing cuts in federal and state funds.
In late September, AOC announced its inten-
tion to partner with the AIDS Healthcare Founda-
HOLDING VIGIL | Hundreds
gathered for a commemoration
in downtown Dallas on World
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- Lambda Lcsal 2010 Halloween Party
- HRC Vip Lounge Dec 2010
- HRC Fire & Ice Christmas Rarty Dec 2010
- DIFFA Dallas event at West Elm
- HRC Holiday Cocktail Party
• The Holly Jolly Ball 2010
- Lambda Legal's monthly mixers
- Dallas Diablo's Hospitality Suite
- LGBT Chamber of Commerce Events
- Lambda Legal's Men's Event at
Sales Fifth Ave. Galleria
- Lambda Legal's White Party Gala and after
Party to benefit Legacy Counseling Center
- 2011 Red Party Pre Party & Red Party
- Dallas Voice Cocktail Party at Wisby Smith
- Ben Cohen's Stand Up Against Bullying during
... and we continue to add events
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tion, based in Los Angeles, to open an AIDS clinic
in 2012. On World AIDS Day, AHF officials and
basketball legend Magic Johnson announced that
the planned AOC clinic would be one of three
Magic Johnson clinics opening in the next year.
Observances of the 30th anniversary of the
AIDS epidemic worldwide began in early 2011,
while in North Texas, the first such commemora-
tion came in late June when Dallas Voice and a
host of partner organizations and business pre-
sented a public forum focusing on the status of
HIV treatments today; On July 1, Dallas Voice
published a special issue, AIDS@30, focusing on
current treatments, research and education efforts,
as well as profiles on individuals living with
AIDS service organizations joined together for
World AIDS Day commemorations on Dec. 1, in-
cluding a display of panels from the NAMES Proj-
ect AIDS Memorial Quilt in downtown Dallas,
and on Dec. 6, Charles Santos spearheaded The
Gathering, an unprecedented collaboration of per-
forming artists from around North Texas who do-
nated their time to a performance at The Winspear
Opera House. About 1,000 people attended the
event, which raised more than $60,000 for local
AIDS service organizations.
— Tammye Nash
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