News Briefing

AIDS Ed. Month begins

Philadelphia FIGHT will host a series of events throughout June to mark AIDS Education Month, beginning with an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 2 at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market streets.

The reception will feature remarks by Mayor Nutter and the presentation of Kiyoshi Kuromiya Awards to David Acosta, prevention coordinator at the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office; Julie Davids, founder of the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project; Asia Russell, a founder of Health Global Access Project; and longtime ACT UP member Roy Hayes.

Other AIDS Education Month activities include a Prevention and Outreach Summit from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; a Prison Health Care Summit from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 22; and a Youth Outreach, Education and Empowerment Summit from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 26, both at the Temple University Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St.

For more information or to register for the opening reception, visit or call (215) 985-4448 ext. 200.

Trans health conference returns

The ninth annual Trans-Health Conference will run from June 3-5 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with a slate of free workshops, discussions and socials.

The more-than 130 workshops will address topics such as employment discrimination, surgery options, youth and elder issues, parenting concerns and faith communities.

This year, all three days are open to community members, with certain events throughout the conference geared toward providers.

The conference will open with a keynote address at 8:30 a.m. June 3 by Dr. Rebecca Allison, the first transgender president of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and Kylar Broadus, a transgender activist and Lincoln University business professor, will deliver the closing address at 5:30 p.m. June 5.

The event, organized by Mazzoni Center, will this year feature a legal clinic and workshops on Saturday. Staffers and volunteers from Mazzoni’s new legal-services program will host a walk-in legal clinic from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit

— Jen Colletta