Councilman Bill Rosendahl presented two resolutions on Wednesday to recognize efforts of those who are advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness and education in the City of Los Angeles.
Rosendahl honored Stephen Simon, the AIDS coordinator for the City for more than eight years. Simon has been responsible for the implementation and oversight of the City AIDS policy, advising the Mayor and the City Council on AIDS issues, and developing City initiatives. Simon is leaving his post with the City to advocate for HIV awareness on a with a private firm.
In a second presentation, Rosendahl declared March 20, 2012, as National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the City of Los Angeles. HIV/AIDS continues to rise among Native American populations as a whole, particularly among Native American Gay or “Two Spirit” individuals. The Red Circle Project at AIDS Project Los Angeles is currently the only HIV prevention program in Los Angeles that provides specific services to Native American Gay/Two Spirit Men and Transgender Women.
Both Simon and Elton Naswood of the Red Circle Project at APLA were in attendance to receive the awards and can be heard in the video below.