Mickey Parujee Akarasewi • Dec. 8, 2023
Advancements in scientific research has helped folks with HIV to live better, but the stigma from our society remains. This year, stigma was the main focus of the World AIDS Day, one of the very first world health days founded in 1988. This event was organized by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa and sponsored by VIIV Canada.
World AIDS Day saw a sunny sky on Parliament Hill, where wonderful speakers gathered for a speech ceremony then a Red Ribbon flag-raising. Guests were invited to tie red rags on the fence in the front of the NAC. The event continued with a quilt ceremony and open speeches by Ken Miller, the current executive director and Gary LaCasse, the former executive of Canadians AIDS society in remembrance of those who have died from HIV/AIDS.
This year’s event was hosted by Chris Tooriram, MSM Ethno-Cultural Resource Coordinator at ACO and co-hosted by Kiki Coe, a Filipino-Canadian drag queen, costume designer, and chef who rose to prominence as a finalist on the first season of Call Me Mother.
They introduced the audience with breath-taking elegant Drag Queen Performances and fun community shows that entertained and fantasized the participant for the rest of the event. the National Arts Centre’s Peter A. Herrndorf Place.
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