World AIDS Day is held on December 1st of each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. The first-ever global health day, World AIDS Day began in 1988.
It is once again the season where parents, students, and teachers prepare for the start of a new school year.
I try to avoid giving energy to things that I think are undeserving of attention, but felt I needed to make an exception in the case of the recent news from Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry created to “repair” the homosexual. Exodus International President, Alan Chambers, apologized to the gay community and announced that Exodus would discontinue its practice of trying to repair and mold the homosexual into a “God-intended” heterosexual identity.
PERSAD CENTER is pleased to welcome you to our new website, designed to let you know what is happening at the agency and what we are doing to help the LGBTQ community. Our companion e-newsletter is brand new too, and we encourage you to share the news with friends and allies.
Some years contain more fun and good memories, and some years bring more challenges and sadness. I am frankly glad to have a new year to work with, and I'm grateful for the calendar turning to 2013.
It was fun to participate in PERSAD’s first "5K Run & Fun Walk" this past weekend. One participant told me that he used to walk every morning but had gotten out of the habit — and perhaps this would get him started again. He said that besides the great exercise, the walking also helped him to clear his head and to feel emotionally better too. We all need a regular wellness habit. With PERSAD’s mission to improve the well-being of the community, our counselors frequently talk to clients about the need to develop a wellness practice.
On October 12th we will celebrate National Coming Out Day. This day acknowledges the fact that many individuals who are gay hide in response to a stigmatizing culture that does not fully embrace them. It also encourages individuals to throw open the closet door, and suggests that to do so impacts on that stigma and moves us toward a more accepting culture.