Walker, Bridges, Drif­fin es­tab­lish new ASO

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At­lanta HIV/AIDS ac­tivists Larry L. Walker, Dwain L. Bridges and Daniel D. Drif­fin are co-founders of THRIVE SS, Inc. (Trans­form­ing HIV Re­sent­ment into Vic­to­ries Ev­er­last­ing Sup­port Ser­vices)—a new non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to serv­ing in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with HIV, specif­i­cally gay and bi­sex­ual men of color.

The co-founders bring more than thirty years of di­rect ser­vices pro­vided to a wide range of black men at risk for HIV/AIDS, liv­ing with HIV/AIDS and other health dis­par­i­ties from across the na­tion.

“With in­creased ac­cess and de­mand for PrEP (pre-ex­po­sure pro­phy­laxis) and other bio­med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions, we have to en­sure that treat­ment as preven­tion re­mains in this con­ver­sa­tion es­pe­cially for black and brown gay and same-gen­der-lov­ing men here in At­lanta and the South,” said the co-founders in a state­ment.

THRIVE SS, Inc. is in the busi­ness of do­ing non­profit work dif­fer­ently through the Un­de­tecta­bles Model, a tiered sup­port model that com­bines on­line sup­port (www.thrivess. com), tra­di­tional in-per­son sup­port, and friend/so­cial “Judy sup­port” to ad­dress is­sues around HIV in­fec­tion for MSM of color.

DNC ap­points Bishop O.C. Allen III as Chair of LGBT Ad­vi­sory Board

Bishop O.C. Allen III, Se­nior Pas­tor of The Vi­sion Church of At­lanta and Pre­sid­ing Bishop of the United Pro­gres­sive Pen­te­costal Church Fel­low­ship is adding a new ti­tle to his name. Allen has been ap­pointed by the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee to serve as re­gional chair of the DNC-LGBT Ad­vi­sory Board. He makes his­tory as the first mem­ber of clergy to hold this ti­tle.

Allen says he is “hon­ored to be the South­east Re­gional Chair of the DNC-LGBT Ad­vi­sory Board.” In­un­dated with con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages on­line fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, Allen en­cour­aged his so­cial media fol­low­ers to “con­tinue to stand for love, equal­ity and jus­tice.”

The Ad­vi­sory Board is de­signed to en­sure full rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the LGBT com­mu­nity within the Demo­cratic Party while also work­ing to thwart con­ser­va­tive at­tempts to dis­man­tle col­lec­tive gains of ad­vo­cacy and equal­ity.

In joint con­sul­ta­tion, the DNC-LGBT En­gage­ment Di­rec­tor and the lead­er­ship of the LGBT Ad­vi­sory Board will de­velop en­gage­ment strate­gies that best show­case the party’s sup­port and in­clu­sion of the LGBT com­mu­nity.

Delta cel­e­brates LGBT Pride Month with new trans­gen­der pol­icy, spe­cial fares

Delta Air Lines is cel­e­brat­ing LGBT Pride month as the of­fi­cial spon­sor of nine Pride fes­ti­vals across the U.S. and Canada along with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a sup­port­ive new pol­icy for trans­gen­der em­ploy­ees.

Delta’s Pres­i­dent Glen Hauen­stein an­nounced the new pol­icy on June 7 dur­ing the Delta Dean speaker se­ries, “Be­ing Trans­gen­der,” ac­cord­ing to a source in at­ten­dance. De­tails on the new pol­icy were not avail­able at press time.

Delta is also the of­fi­cial air­line of At­lanta Pride. Its 2016 part­ner­ships in­clude the Cadil­lac Barbie IN Pride Pa­rade and Cir­cle City IN Pride Fes­ti­val in In­di­anapo­lis, IN, LA Pride, the Nashville Pride Equal­ity Walk, Mo­tor City Pride in Detroit, NYC Her­itage of Pride, Seat­tle PrideFest, Seat­tle Pride, Twin Cities Pride in Min­neapo­lis, Utah Pride Fes­ti­val in Salt Lake City and the 519’s Green Space Fes­ti­val at Toronto Pride.

As part of this year’s cel­e­bra­tion, Delta is of­fer­ing a spe­cial First Class and Delta Com­fort+ fare sale on flights from many do­mes­tic air­ports to fes­ti­val des­ti­na­tions in the U.S. and Canada.

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