Women’s History Month
Better Brothers Los Angeles – 6th Annual Truth Awards
Dearest DIVAS and the people who love us,
Welcome to March!
"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women." — Maya Angelou
It’s the month for the celebration of Women’s History and the month for honoring Black Excellence in the LGBTQ+ community. But first, let me ask you this: How are you feeling? Has life been good? Before you respond, pause, take a slow, deep breath in then exhale. If you are doing well, we send love and light and if you’re not doing too well; we send you even more love and light and pray your days become brighter.
The DIVA Foundation has been working tirelessly to celebrate all people divinely inspired, victoriously alive, aware, awesome (and anointed on Sundays). Each year, in the month of March, we lend our support to our friends over at Better Brothers Los Angeles (BBLA) for their annual Truth Awards.
Did You Know?
That BBLA was birthed out of the DIVA Foundation? It happened when a DIVA Foundation volunteer, V. Scott Hamilton, said that there was something lacking in the community when no attention was being paid to the great things that people of the Black LGBTQ+ community were doing. They were doing great things, but they were overlooked. So, they wanted to do something that paid attention to all people and Better Brothers Los Angeles was born. The TRUTH AWARDS is the celebration space that was created for their honorees!
Better Brothers Los Angeles strives to create spaces and opportunities for Black LGBTQ+ individuals to gather, network and grow. According to BBLA, “developing a sense of community and confidence has been a challenge for some where nontraditional sexual orientations and gender identities often complicate the ability of some to integrate into mainstream Black culture.” BBLA confronts these challenges through individual and group activities and events that increase community pride and individual confidence.
One such event is their Truth Awards where they honor black persons of excellence in the LGBTQ+ community. This year, the 6th Annual Event will honor FX Pose & American Horror Story Actress and Activist, Angelica Ross - in the category of Culture & Arts; Jason Bolden & Adair Curtis for Business Leadership; Keith Boykin will receive the Advocate Award; Dr. Shaun Harper is being recognized for Excellence in Education; Jeffrey Wallace to receive the Passing The Torch Award; and Cheryl Dunye will take home the Media & Arts Award.
The DIVA Foundation will be there and so should you. BBLA 6th Annual Truth Awards will be held on March 7, 2020 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. It’s a black-tie affair! To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.BetterBrothersLA.com
Women’s History Month!
Women’s History takes the focus for the month of March. March 10 specifically is also very dear to us here at the Foundation, as it’s the day we bring awareness to women and girls living with HIV/AIDS.
Did you know?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “though HIV diagnoses among women have declined in recent years, more than 7,000 women received an HIV diagnosis in the United States and dependent areas in 2017.”
Fast forward to 2020…although PrEP for HIV has been credited for significant reductions in new HIV infections however, PrEP is still only reaching a small proportion of those who might benefit. The CDC estimates that less than 10% of the 1.2 million people at substantial risk for HIV infection are using PrEP.
For many women prevention remains a challenge, as 1 in 9 women with HIV are unaware, they have HIV. People who do not know they have HIV cannot take advantage of HIV care and treatment and may unknowingly pass HIV to others. The need for effective awareness remains to ensure that a larger population are getting the proper information on prevention and treatment and engaging with health care providers at a higher rate.
What is the DIVA Foundation doing?
Through our awareness efforts and continuous support of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses, the DIVA Foundation continues to:
● Advocate for artistic activism and innovative action, understanding that prevention is as important as a cure.
● Be a catalyst for change in regard to reversing the negative social perception of this disease.
● Help others light the light of compassion
● Support those who take responsibility for themselves and others by making educated, informed choices, and living a healthy lifestyle.
The D.I.V.A. Foundation continues to be a positive force in the lives of those who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Let’s continue to help our women.
“Behind every great woman is herself!”
- Sheryl Lee Ralph
With love and appreciation,
Sheryl Lee Ralph
The D.I.V.A. Foundation