Richmond’s World AIDS day 2014 gave a voice to Richmond’s HIV/AIDS community, and part of the night’s events included the presentation of a Voter District recognition of the event.
“That was a way I could help recognize the importance of trying to come up with an end to AIDS and offering resources to people in the community and bringing awareness to the issue,” said Agelasto who couldn’t make the meeting due to a conflicting City Council meeting, so instead he sent the proclamation.
The First Unitarian Universalist which hosted World AIDS DAY is in Agelasto’s district, and they have worked with him in the past when City Council passed legislation to provide benefits to same-sex couples once the state recognized them.
Though Agelasto said he doesn’t have a personal connection to HIV/AIDS, he acknowledged the importance of the event.
“Talking about our personal medical history is very taboo, so if we continue to treat medical conditions (like AIDS) as private, how will we ever get the collective will to solve these issues.”
Below is the full proclamation and the text:
World AIDS Day
In recognition of the World Health Organization’s World AIDS Day on December 1, 2014
and increasing public awareness and support families and the medical community in
helping to fight, prevent and cure this terrible disease; and, to encourage further funding,
research, support, awareness, treatment, education, and finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.