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Even though the Northeastern caravan wasn’t able to pass through the nation’s itty-bittiest state, Rhode Island activists found an ingenious way to promote the National AIDS Strategy. And Bingo was its name-o.

On Thursday night, they came in droves to get their game on, at the month Gay Bingo extravaganza at the Riveria Bingo Hall in Cranston, RI, a longstanding benefit for AIDS Project Rhode Island….

 But this spirited crowd of people with HIV, gay men, lesbians and their
 friends and family jumped at the chance to Stand Against AIDS, with over 110
 people endorsing the call for a National AIDS Strategy!

   The theme was sailor night, with many people costumed accordingly at this
   popular Ocean State event. Julie Davids of CHAMP and the Coalition for a
   National AIDS Strategy, invited to the bingo caller’s microphone to explain
   why the strategy was so important, said that our nation is now like a boat
    without a rudder, a captainless ship without a compass, tossing and turning
     on rough seas of HIV/AIDS.

       Then, volunteers from CHAMP, Providence Youth and Student Movement and
       seaQuel (a local LGBT youth group by and for Southeast Asian youth) fanned
       out and were warmly received by bingo players of all ages, genders and
       sexual orientations as we talked one on one and table-by-table about the
       need for a national plan.

       “Absolutely,” said one signer, “We need this. They just cut my medications,
       and there’s so many other problems here in HIV/AIDS we are not dealing

    Thanks to Stephen Hogan of AIDS Project Rhode Island for inviting us to Gay
       Bingo, and to the people of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts for
       Standing Against AIDS!


Written by standagainstaids

September 19, 2008 at 6:52 pm

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