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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tapestry The Faces of AIDS

"TAPESTRY: The Faces of AIDS" is an ongoing multimedia project that documents the compelling stories of people who are living and thriving in a new and different era of the AIDS epidemic -- an era that is less about death and more about life.

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The winning design has been announced for the planned National Pulse Memorial & Museum in Orlando, Florida. It features “a spiraling, open-air museum and educational center with vertical gardens, public plazas, and a rooftop promenade.” Its soaring tower will be visible for miles around. A few blocks away from the museum, the former nightclub itself will be surrounded by 49 trees in a new garden, commemorating those killed. A pool will encircle the former venue: “In memory of the Angels, a palette of 49 colors lines the basin and radiates toward the public spaces.”

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Joachim Gans Honored with Historic Marker

In 1585, some 100 men made landfall on Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina. Sent to establish the first English North American colony, not all of the expedition’s members were English. And one, despite sailing under the auspices of the Protestant Queen Elizabeth, wasn’t even Christian. Joachim Gans, a metallurgist from Prague, may well have been the first Jew in North America.

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 Pittsburg Pride with Free Dad Huggs

Scott Dittman — better known to his friends as Howie — says he doesn't wake up in the morning thinking of himself as an LGBT ally. But, last weekend, he still made a big impact.  Dittman, 44, heard his friend Denna was heading to Pittsburgh Pride with Free Mom Hugs, an organization that assists LGBT people and also provides hugs at Pride events. "And I just said, 'well I’m going to go,' and I hopped on Amazon and grabbed a 'free dad hugs' T-shirt," he told BuzzFeed News. "I just thought it would put a smile on people’s faces." What he didn't expect was just how big an effect it had, not only on Pride attendees, but on himself.

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Audrey Hepburn May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993: "I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II," said actress Audrey Hepburn on her appointment as a Goodwill Ambassador in 1989. "I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does." As a result of her work for UNICEF over subsequent years, that gratitude is mutual. Every year, UNICEF awards the "Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to individuals who have greatly contributed to the betterment of children worldwide.