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Celebrate Your (Blue Ridge) Pride TOMORROW!
 
 
Wear your shiniest clothes and swing by Pack Square TOMORROW for the 11th annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival. Come celebrate the wonderful diversity of identities that makes WNC such a great place to live.
 
HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community, especially young men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women of color.
 

 
Structural racism, homophobia and transphobia are significant barriers to HIV prevention and care. Therefore, celebrating Pride isn't just a way to feel good and get some extra glitter on your clothes; it's a vital part ending the HIV epidemic once and for all. 
 
 
While you're downtown, be sure to visit the WNCAP tent! We are Booth #8, located at the lower edge of the festival off of Spruce Street. We'll be promoting our 5B film screening (see article below) with a chance to win a $50 Gift Card for the Grail Moviehouse. Now that's something to be proud of! 
Pass The Kleenex
Tickets Selling FAST for "5B" Film Screening
 
Tickets are selling fast for "5B", the award-winning documentary playing at the Grail Moviehouse starting TODAY, Sep. 27, through Thursday, Oct. 3
 
Proceeds from the film, which tells the inspiring story of nurses in the first-ever AIDS ward in San Francisco, will directly support WNCAP's mission of HIV Prevention & Care in our local community. 
Bring some tissues - this movie will bring tears to all eyes.
 
What better way to celebrate your (Blue Ridge) Pride than to go see a film that eloquently explores a vital chapter of the LGBTQ rights movement?
 
 
We are pleased to announce that 5B was chosen as the Mountain Xpress "Pick of the Week". Movie critic Bruce Steele gave the film a great review - this is not one to be missed!
 
A special screening on Wednesday, October 2 will feature a star-studded panel discussion. A portion of proceeds from all screenings will benefit WNCAP, but special $20 tickets on October 2 will provide even more resources for HIV Prevention & Care in our local community.
 
 
5B is an inspiring film that demonstrates the power of ordinary people to display extraordinary compassion in the midst of intense stigma and fear.  
 
The panel discussion will be moderated by WLOS anchor Frank Kracher, who worked in San Francisco in the mid 1980s.
 
Barbara Bell (pictured top right during Dining Out For Life 2018) who served as a nurse during the early AIDS crisis will be on a special 5B panel on Oct. 2
 
On the panel will be Wilma Pomerantz and Barbara Bell, two longtime WNCAP supporters, and Chris Nidek, of WNC Community Health Services (WNCCHS). All three women served as nurses in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Professor Lori Horvitz of UNCA will also speak about the social impact of cinema. 
 
For more information about WNCAP's screening of 5B, please contact Michael at mpoandl@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489 ext. 313.
 
 
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Western North Carolina AIDS Project  |  554 Fairview Rd.  |  Asheville, NC 28803
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