Admission Price: Free to attend, please register in advance
Friday 1st December is World AIDS day and is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
This event is organised by the LGBT+, Disability, BAME and City Women staff affinity groups and they invite you to join them for a lunch session where there will be a panel of speakers including:
- Dan Glass - Act Up and Glass Half Full
Dan Glass is a sex-positive, queer, healthcare and human rights activist. Setting up ‘Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) London chapter has catalysed healthcare and sex-positive programmes including campaigning for PREP, HIV Blind Date, protecting the National Health Service as well as enabling HIV anti-stigma classes as part of the Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage's boozer.
2017 has been a landmark year as the 50th anniversary of the passing of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’. Along with countless of sex-positive movements Dan has made the most of this year to continue the journey for sexial freedom. Led alongside ‘East London Strippers Collective’ he launched the year with ‘Look Back in Pride’ to learn from our history. This led ‘Queer Tours of London - A Mince Through Time’ to bring forth the visibility of our incredible sexual revolutionary community - to harness our history for change today. Against the backdrop of the mass closure of LGBTQI, women's and sexually dissident cultural spaces and support services, this supports current sex-positive activism, culture and performance in all its glory. Dan is currently engaged in campaigning and has successfully helped win back queer venues such as the legendary ‘The Joiners Arms’, called for a full apology not just a pardon for queers, paid tribute to the stories of those sexual deviants untold and tore up the streets of London in drag on the ‘Bang Bus’ - and so much more to commemorate the 50th anniversary. Dan is currently campaigning for an LGBT Museum for London.
- Garry Brough – Positively UK
Garry was diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and received an AIDS diagnosis in 1995. After recovering his health with the advent of effective HIV treatment, he has been promoting patient involvement and peer-delivered support since co-founding the Bloomsbury Patient Network in 1999.
He became the Bloomsbury Clinic’s first paid Patient Representative in 2003 before moving to Terrence Higgins Trust in 2008 to work as Membership & Involvement Officer and Service Lead for the myHIV website, managing online peer support across the UK. In 2015 he joined Positively UK as Coordinator for Project 100, to deliver an accredited national training programme for HIV Peer Mentors, with a specific focus on partnership with clinical services.
Garry continues to volunteer to ensure the voices of people living with HIV are heard and represented and is a community representative on the HIV CRG Drugs Subgroup and the London HIV Clinical Forum, having previously served on the BMA’s Patient Liaison Group, BHIVA’s Executive Committee, BASHH’s Public Panel and NHS England’s HIV Clinical Reference Group. He continues to be Chair of the Bloomsbury Patient Network and is also the current Chair of the UK Community Advisory Board, the national network of HIV treatment advocates.
- Keith Simpson - UCU City Vice-President, H&S Rep and City Law School Senior Lecturer
Keith joined The City Law School (formerly the Inns of Court School of Law) in 1997 and currently divides his time between teaching and working as the Vice-President and Health and Safety representative of City, University of London UCU. Keith is committed to widening access to the Bar and was formerly the CLS Director of Equality & Diversity.
Keith is also an elected member of Senate, Co-Chair of the Staff Disability Network and member of the Equality Committee. Keith has worked on a number of policies and initiatives at City, in particular advocating for the Trans Intersex and Gender Non-conforming (TIGNC) policy and gender neutral toilets and changing facilities at CitySport, at various University Committees including the Equality Committee, Athena SWAN Working Group and the Joint Consultation & Negotiation Board.
Keith has been diagnosed with HIV+ for 15 years and will talk about his experience of being HIV+ and what it means to be both gay and having a recognised and still stigmatised disability.
The event is open to all and will be held in the Convocation Suite in Centenary Building between 12.30pm - 2pm.
A light lunch and tea and coffee will be provided.
Collection boxes for World Aids Day Ribbons will be at all main receptions.