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Award-Winning Vlogger and HIV Activist to Deliver Keynote at Kansas City’s World AIDS Day 2019

The AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City (ASF) is pleased to announce that social media star, public speaker, and HIV activist, Ken Williams, will deliver this year's keynote at World AIDS Day 2019 "Think Locally, Act Globally." The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, November 20th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Grand Street Café followed by a community conversation later that afternoon at All Souls Unitarian Church from 3:00-4:30pm.


Speaking directly to ASF's mission, Williams will talk candidly about his HIV diagnosis at the young age of 26, as well as prevention, education, and removing stigmas around this disease. Williams is the force behind his award-winning video blog, Ken Like Barbie, and continues to capture audiences around the country with his positive attitude and captivating messages. Tickets can be purchased online at WAD2019.

 

Today in Kansas City, there are almost 4,000 men and women living with HIV, over 100 of those are youth ages 13-24.


World AIDS Day is a day to raise awareness about HIV, celebrate the great strides made in treatment and care, offer support to those living with this disease, and remember the many family and friends we have lost.


The AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City celebrates more than 30 years of successful HIV/AIDS activism in Kansas City. Since the inception of World AIDS Day, they have raised close to $700,00, all of which stays right here in our community.


ASF allocates funds throughout the year to local organizations that provide shelter, medical care, and emergency services to the more than 5,700 men, women and children in Kansas City affected by HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day 2019 co-chairs are Jenny Kincaid Julian and Chadwick Brooks. 


Wednesday afternoon, Williams will lead a community conversation with local HIV/AIDS health care professionals and community leaders at All Souls Unitarian Church, 4501 Walnut Street, KCMO from 3:00-4:30pm. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to attend. Saint Luke's Health System has provided primary support for the community forum.

 

Ken Williams is a speaker, storyteller, media presence, and the creative force behind the award-winning, queer conscious, video blog, Ken Like Barbie. Diagnosed with HIV in 2010, Ken has devoted much of his online presence to issues affecting people living with HIV (PLHIV), particularly focusing on communities of color. He shares his story on YouTube and has collaborated on projects with the Black AIDS Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Greater Than AIDS, and HIV.gov.

 

In addition to Williams's keynote, three local theater organizations will be recognized, The Kansas City Repertory TheaterUnicorn Theater, and Late Night Theater, all of which have, without reserve, been stalwarts in the fight against HIV/AIDS for the past 25 years. Their steadfast support includes delivering groundbreaking theatrical productions to the stage that reflects the humanity of HIV/AIDS as well as providing multiple outlets for HIV awareness. Each has generously raised money and awareness at curtain calls on behalf of Actors & Artists Against AIDS, an affiliate of the AIDS Service Foundation.

 

About AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City (ASF)

The mission of the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City is to raise money to support the Kansas City metropolitan HIV/AIDS community while raising awareness about HIV. Our mission is accomplished by equally assisting four Kansas City AIDS Service organizations; Thrive Health KC, Hope Care Center, Kansas City CARE Clinic, and SAVE, Inc. Grants are also awarded to not-for-profit organizations that service the specialized needs of the diverse communities dealing with HIV/AIDS, provide support to their families and friends, and/or promote education and prevention. For more information about ASF, call 816.913.0959 or visit them online at www.asfkc.org


Follow ASF on Facebook and Instagram at @ASFKansasCity.