Lace up, San Diego! It’s time to walk for a

reason at the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s annual AIDS Walk & Run. Organizers revamped this year’s event so walkers, runners, volunteers and community members can participate safely. And, of course, be as enthusiastic as ever. You can register as an individual or as part of

a team, and raise money for The Center’s HIV services and prevention programs. Then, you can complete the AIDS Walk & Run San Diego route anytime between Monday, September 21 and Sunday, September 27. By doing it this way, you can walk or run on your own time, at your own pace, and with your own “socially- distant flair.” A virtual opening ceremony will be conducted online at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Participating in AIDS Walk & Run San Diego is

a way to remember our friends and neighbors and loved ones we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS, and to raise critically needed money to support services for those impacted by HIV today. This event also promotes HIV education.

Today, we have effective tools to combat HIV, and to prevent its spread. AIDS Walk & Run San Diego remains committed to supporting those efforts, including HIV testing on at least an annual basis; knowing your HIV status and that of your partner/s; utilizing condoms, PrEP and PEP; and staying connected to medical care and medication to get to/maintain undetect- able viral loads.

LGBTQ Center Orange County welcomes all walks of life to celebrate and support our trans and gender

non-conforming community this month for three days of fun-filled events. This year’s Trans Pride OC will be going virtual and feature keynote speakers, workshops, musicians and artists (sponsored by NAMI Orange County), as well as a raffle for the chance to win prizes. Trans Pride OC kicks off online at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 12 with the theme of Spread Love.

Next, at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 19, Trans Pride OC invites you to “Spread Education” with your friends. Lastly, “Spread Awareness” will conclude the festival at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 26. Since 1980, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Orange County has provided emotional support, education and resources for families along with those affected by mental illness. It advocates for a life of quality and dignity, without stigma.

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