SAGEmetroPortland_logoWHAT:  As part of its annual Gay & Grey EXPO, on Saturday, October 11, SAGE Metro Portland will host a 90 minute interactive workshop and group conversation. We’ll explore the impact of AIDS Survivor Syndrome on each of us individually, as infected and affected members of our community. “From Shaming to Reclaiming: AIDS Survivor Syndrome, and the Beginning of a Global Movement” will be a conversation facilitated by a small and diverse group of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors, discussing how the lessons learned in addressing challenges may be valuable, and possibly transferable, to other struggles in our personal, civic, political, or professional lives.

We’ll talk about Let’s Kick ASS-PDX, the local chapter of a grassroots movement of long-term survivors honoring the unique and profound experience of living through the AIDS epidemic. We’re dedicated to reclaiming our lives, ending isolation, and envisioning a future we never dreamed of. Participants will be invited to share their feelings and experiences to the full extent they are comfortable, although some may want to come to just listen. Everyone is welcome.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 11, 2014. Check in no later than noon for the 12:30 – 2:00 pm workshop.

WHERE:  Friendly House Community Center, 1737 NW 26th Ave., Portland 97210 (corner of NW 26th and NW Thurman). Allow time to find street parking, or take Trimet bus #15.

COST:  $5-10 suggested donation, not required. No one turned away.

WHO:  This is an event for HIV/AIDS long-term survivors, positive and negative, our friends, family members and  allies, professionals in the helping professions, and anyone else who has love and concern for long-term survivors. Co-facilitators include:

Carlton Rounds, Executive Director, Volunteer Positive; CareLink Navigator Cascade AIDS Project; founding member, LetsKickASS-PDX. Carlton is the Founder and Executive Director for Volunteer Positive, the first organization supporting people infected and affected by HIV to participate in international volunteer service. In 2011, Carlton and his NGO were listed in the year’s top innovative 100 people by POZ Magazine. Currently, Carlton works with Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, Oregon. Carlton is a long-term HIV survivor and  has been a guest lecturer at Concordia University and the University of Washington School of Global Health on issues of stigma, HIV, and long term survival. He is one of the founding members of LetsKickASS – PDX.

Jim Clay, Retired, HIV/AIDS and gay activist. Jim has served for more than 35 years in numerous capacities, both professionally and as a volunteer, in gay, HIV/AIDS and other human services and activist organizations. He was a founding Board member, Program Director, and Executive Director of the Willamette AIDS Council in Eugene; founding Executive Director of the Multnomah County Ryan White HIV Services Planning Council; and Senior Staff Assistant for Multnomah County Chair Beverly Stein, with a policy and services portfolio focused on homeless and GLBTQ youth. Jim is a long-term HIV/AIDS survivor. He is one of the founding members of LetsKickASS – PDX.

ANYTHING ELSE?  This is part of the annual Gay & Grey Expo (http://www.gayandgreypdx.org/) by SAGE Metro Portland. Come just for this workshop, or come at 9:30 am for the full day’s events. PLEASE forward this information to others who may want to join us. Everyone is welcome.

Send questions and suggestions to lead organizer Jim Clay:  jclaypdx@gmail.com.

ABOUT OUR HOST:  SAGE Metro Portland, an affiliate of the national SAGE organization,  works to enhance the lives of older gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community members through education, advocacy, outreach and resource development.

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