amfAR Celebrates LGBTQ Community at the 2017 New York City Pride March
As part of LGBTQ Pride Month, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, participated in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 25, 2017. More than 150 amfAR staff and supporters marched down Fifth Avenue alongside amfAR’s custom-designed float. Titled “Be Epic. End AIDS,” the float featured amfAR generationCURE Ambassador Kelly Osbourne, drag performer Ongina, actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, amfAR Chief Executive Officer Kevin Robert Frost, and amfAR trustee Aileen Getty.
The science-themed amfAR float, which featured giant-sized test tubes, was designed to support amfAR’s “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. Dancers from the New York City-based show “Sleep No More” provided entertainment as DJ Joe Linskey spun live from the top of the float.
The float was sponsored by AssistRX, Cadillac and HBO, with additional support from FIJI Water.
amfAR’s presence at the NYC Pride March comes on the heels of the launch of “Epic Voices,” an online video series that aims to raise awareness of the challenges that stand in the way of ending HIV and to inspire action among Millennials and LGBTQ communities to support HIV/AIDS research and amfAR’s mission to find a cure. Ongina, who came out as HIV positive as a contestant on season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is one of the individuals profiled in the series.
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