Report: Urgent need for additional HIV/AIDS funding

NEW YORK -- A new report finds that while over $50 million has been donated to LGBTQ health issues, there is still vital work to be done and an urgent need for more money to fight HIV and AIDS.

The report, Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing, assesses the scale and character of foundation giving for the health and wellness of LGBTQ communities and is one of several special reports by Funders for LGBTQ Issues that tracks domestic foundation giving to LGBTQ causes.

Local H&R Block offices pitch in for Mama’s Kitchen

SAN DIEGO, California – H&R Block, recognizing the important contributions that Mama’s Kitchen makes to the community throughout the year, will partner with them through April 13.

Mark Miller, regional director for H&R Block believes supporting such a dedicated charitable organization is an important part of being good neighbors in the Greater San Diego area.

“H&R Block is proud to be able to help Mama’s Kitchen with hosting food bins in seven select locations,” Miller said.

Locations are as follows:

• 1714 Euclid Ave., San Diego CA 92105

SDHDF to provide grant funding for consumers to attend AIDS Watch 2015

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) will grant up to eight people living with HIV in San Diego County 50% of the cost to attend the annual AIDS Watch conference in Washington DC on April 13-14.

Zimbabwe: Government to create HIV program for gays, sex workers

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- The government is going to create a specific HIV and AIDS program targeting homosexuals and sex workers as a way of controlling the infection rate, a senior government official has revealed.

This is the first time the government has publicly acknowledged the existence of this minority population sector and said it would include it in its national programs.

Homosexuality has been politicized by President Robert Mugabe. As a result of Mugabe’s anti-gay stance, government officials have routinely reserved their comments on gay issues.

Being Alive selling Ribbons of Hope to fund HIV/AIDS services

SAN DIEGO, California -- One of its largest annual fundraisers, Being Alive is once again selling red ribbons — the universal symbol of AIDS awareness — to help them continue their mission to provide health, nutrition and social services to those living with HIV/AIDS.

Ribbons may be purchased for $1, $5, or $25. The “Ribbons of Hope” are available throughout San Diego, at various sponsors such as Revivals, AHF Pharmacy, Baja Betty’s, Mankind, The Loft, Pecs, Redwing and many more.

Joan Rivers leaves her beloved AIDS charity a chunk of $150M fortune

NEW YORK -- Comedian Joan Rivers has left a portion of her wealth to a charity that helps people living with AIDS.

The outspoken comic passed away in September, at age 81, after she stopped breathing during a surgical procedure.

The Mail reports that her will was filed with New York State Surrogate’s Court on Tuesday – and daughter Melissa Rivers named as executor of her $150 million (£95 million) trust.

Impulse Group San Diego launch party scheduled for Saturday

SAN DIEGO, California -- Impulse Group San Diego, the newest chapter of the non-profit Impulse Group Organization, is hosting their launch event on Saturday, Dec. 6 to introduce their message to the San Diego LGBT community.

By hosting social gatherings that will bring the community together, Impulse Group San Diego aims to promote safe sex advocacy to the thriving gay male population in the county.

The Naughty & Nice event will be held at Hotel Palomar's fourth-floor Summerset Pool Deck in Downtown San Diego from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am.

Chinese government hooks up with gay dating app to fight HIV

In 2013, when a deadly meningitis outbreak affected gay and bisexual men in New York City, Department of Health officials said users of gay dating apps were at high risk for contracting the disease. Some in the gay community were uneasy about that designation, but when app developers partnered with local officials to publicize a vaccination effort that was largely credited with containing the outbreak, it proved that collaboration between app developers and public health workers was an effective way to reach a traditionally marginalized population.

Lead the Way begins HIV testing at Walgreens in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO, California -– Beginning today, Dec. 3, Lead the Way offers free, confidential HIV testing at the Walgreens in Hillcrest from 10 am to 4 pm every Wednesday.

“We’re excited to have a new location to provide free, confidential HIV testing to the community,” said Joshua Romero, community outreach manager for Lead the Way. “Getting tested and knowing your status is an important part of HIV prevention for the health of our community.”

Anti-gay Children’s AIDS Fund still raking in taxpayer money

In July, I reported that, despite promises President Obama made on the campaign trail, the federal government was still providing millions of dollars in grants for HIV-prevention programming to anti-gay, anti-choice evangelical groups at home and abroad, particularly in Africa. Newly filed 2013 tax documents and a grant tracking website at the Department of Health and Human Services have revealed that one controversial evangelical organization I profiled, the Children’s AIDS Fund (CAF), has again been awarded federal funding.