July 19, 2012 at 9:32 am EDT | by Erin Durkin
AIDS Conference and related events

One of the images that will be included in a Blade exhibit at the Conference. (Blade file photo by the late Doug Hinckle)


TODAY (Friday)

Today and Saturday, the D.C. Center, National Coalition of LGBT Health, Whitman-Walker Health and Us Helping Us at George Washington University (2029 G Street, NW) are hosting the Gay Men’s Health Summit. Registration is $85, $65 for students. For more information, visit gmhs2012.org.

The International Working Group on HIV & AIDS presents the International Indigenous Pre-Conference starting today at 8 a.m. and running through Saturday at 5 p.m. It will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel (1201 K St., N.W.). The event is free but registration is required. For more information, visit indigenouspreconference.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, July 21

The Men Who Have Sex with Men Pre-Conference is at FHI 360 (1825 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) starting at 9 a.m. going all day today. The theme for this year is “From Stigma to Strength: Strategies for MSM, Transgender People and Allies in a Shifting AIDS Landscape.” This event is free. For more information, visit msmgf.org.

Jay Brannan plays U Street Music Hall (1115A U Street NW) this evening at 7 p.m.  Picking up his first guitar at age 20, Brannan’s addiction to music helped him kick alcohol and allowed him to make connections with other performers. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit ustreetmusichall.com.

Starting today and running through July 27, the Textile Museum (2320 S Street NW) is showing a special display of one panel from the AIDS quilt. An $8 donation is suggested. For more information about this event or other places that will be showing panels of the quilt, go to quilt2012.org.

Town is holding the “AIDS Conference Party” tonight at 10 p.m. A drag show starts at 10:30 p.m. There are $3 drinks until 11 p.m. Cover is $8 from 10-11 p.m. and $12 after 11 p.m. For more information, visit towndc.com.

Sunday, July 22

There’s a March on Washington involving several different local organizations to open the International AIDS Conference from noon to 2 p.m. today.

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV and the National Gay Men’s Health Summit present “Meet the Men of the International AIDS Conference” at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $10. For more information, visitgmhs2012.org.

Monday, July 23

Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW) hosts a benefit show of “The Normal Heart” tonight at 8 p.m. The award-winning show presents a look at the sexual politics of New York during the AIDS crisis. Tickets are $65. For more information, visit arenastage.org.

Tuesday, July 24

Whitman-Walker Health hosts the “Return to Lisner: A Forum on the State of HIV/AIDS,” tonight at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University (2029 G Street, NW) at 7 p.m. The event is free but registration is required. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.

Reel Affirmations presents the International AIDS Film Festival. It kicks off tonight with an opening reception at Number 9 (1435 P St., N.W.) starting at 5 p.m. Then at the Carnegie Institute of Science (1530 P St., NW) at 7 p.m., the festival is screening the film “Still Around” and will have a panel discussion with the directors following the showing. The last event of the evening is the screening of “Meeting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia” tonight at 9:15. Individual ticket prices is $10, but the festival is offering a $25 package for all the screenings. For more information, visit reelaffirmationsaidsfilmfest.eventbrite.com/.

Wednesday, July 25

The International AIDS Film Festival continues tonight at the Carnegie Institute of Science (1530 P St., NW) starting at 7 p.m. with a screening of “Pills Profit$ Protest” and a later screening “Sex In An Epidemic” at 9 p.m. Individual tickets are $10 and a package price is $25. For more information, visit reelaffirmationsaidsfilmfest.eventbrite.com/.

For more events, visit the AIDS2012 Reunion website at aids2012reunion.org.

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