The number sounds big: 5,700. That’s how many HIV-positive members are part of B.C.’s Positive Living Society. Now, the Vancouver community will have the opportunity to offer their support by showing up for RED: A celebration of colour, couture community, and caring.
The HIV/AIDS community will be putting on the evening show at the Commodore Ballroom on February 20 so raise money for the Positive Living Society which supports people living with HIV across the province, and empowers them to manage the social, medical and legal challenges of living with HIV.
“Twenty years ago, people were dying from AIDS… we lost many of the most artistic, creative, passionate people in our community,” said the show’s producer, Dean Thullner. “As a gay man living with HIV I’ve had a lot of support dealing with my illness from my community and this is an opportunity for Vancouver’s finest creative community to pay some of that forward and remind aboriginal women and men and so many others struggling with HIV that we are still a community that cares and understands the need for support.”
Over 100 volunteer artists, entertainers, and technicians will create an all-star cast of local dancers, models, designers, hair stylists, and make-up artists to put on a RED-themed fashion show inside the Commodore Ballroom. The event will also feature a cocktail reception and dancing late into the night.
Tickets can be purchased for the event online, including table options. If you can’t attend but still wish to show your support, the Positive Living Society accepts online donations.
Positive Living BC is Canada’s largest HIV organization run by and for its HIV-positive members; annually, the Society sees over 16,000 visits. RED helps support different populations within our membership, including men, indigenous peoples, and women.
RED: A Positive Day
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
When: Saturday, February 20; 6:30 p.m.
More info: Positive Living BC website
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