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AID Atlanta marks 30 years of services, awareness

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Founded in 1982 as a grass-roots response to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic, AID Atlanta has since become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the southeast.

AID Atlanta plans to commemorate its 30th anniversary this year by hosting the annual AID Atlanta Honors on June 14, the Atlanta Cotillion XI on Sept. 15 and the AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run on Oct. 21.

“We’ve set big goals for our 30th year and beyond,” Executive Director Tracy Elliott said in a statement released today. “We’re looking forward to continuing to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and giving hope to more Atlantans than ever before.”

The organization also announced plans for a candlelight vigil set for Dec. 1 at Piedmont Park.

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Atlanta gay leaders speak at citywide MLK march

Anneliese Singh, co-founder of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, addresses the crowd at the MLK March

Rain could not diminish the words of gay leaders who took to the stage at the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Atlanta.

A variety of speakers addressed the crowd Jan. 17 at the conclusion of the city’s annual MLK March & Rally. The march, which took place on Auburn Avenue from Peachtree Street to Jackson Street, finished at the King national historic site.

Two openly gay leaders were invited to participate as speakers. Tracy Elliott, the executive director of AID Atlanta, and Anneliese Singh, co-founder of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, spoke of the need for gays to be included in the fight for civil rights and for gays to participate in the fight for others.

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AIDS Walk Atlanta nears $850,000 raised for nonprofits

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He told his friend, “Come here. I want to show you the one with the boots on it.”

A woman standing behind him said she knew that panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and walked with her son and the two men toward it.

And there the two men, a woman and her teen son and the mother of Scott James Webster, the young man memorialized on the panel, gathered for a few minutes to talk during the 2010 AIDS Walk Atlanta held Oct. 17.

The panel includes Webster’s photo, a pair of cowboy boots and the lyrics to some of his favorite country music songs.”