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World AIDS Day event this Thursday in Grand Rapids

November 27, 2011

This Thursday, people are invited to participate in World AIDS Day and remember all those we have lost to HIV/AIDS.

The event at the downtown Grand Rapids GVSU campus will feature two speakers.

Todd Heywood is an investigative reporter based in Lansing, Michigan. Todd runs the personal blog, and works full-time for the American Independent News Network. His work appears on He is HIV-positive and openly gay. Todd will speak on the criminalization of HIV/AIDS.

Pamela Lynch is a nationally respected leader in the practice and principles of Harm Reduction theory. Pam has been influential in the establishment of several syringe access programs right here in the state of Michigan. Over the past fifteen years Pam’s dedication to the practice of Harm Reduction has brought her to programs in Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, New York, NY, and Newark, NJ. Pam lives in Traverse City, MI, and tirelessly advocates for the rights of people who use drugs on a local, statewide and national level.

The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors of the event include The Red Project, the LGBT Resource Center at GVSU, the Multicultural Affairs office, the Women’s Center and the Kirkoff College of Nursing.

Thursday, December 1

Criminalization of HIV/AIDS 4:00PM

Harm Reduction 6:30PM

Both talks are in room 215 of the Eberhard Center

GVSU Pew Campus

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