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Legacy Sounds and FX

Leaving Our Legacy celebrates World AIDS Day

The youth-driven organization, Leaving Our Legacy (L.O.L.), brought fun to an event with a serious mission at its Legacy Sounds and FX World AIDS Day Blacklight Concert.

“World AIDS Day commemorates those lost to AIDS, but also puts a face to the statistic we all hear about - 77 million infected since the start of the epidemic - and brings awareness to the prevention and management options available today,” said L.O.L. Youth Health Advocate Demetius McClamb.

The event, held at Templeton Landing Restaurant in Buffalo, included attendees from community agencies like The Mocha Center, ECMC-AIDS Clinic, Native American Community Services, Youth Link (Oishei Children's Hospital), Harvest House, The Pride Center, Erie County Department of Health and DOPE Collective.

Set up at tables around the perimeter of the dance floor were Walgreens flu shot clinic, GLYS (Gay and Lesbian Youth Services), Black Nurses Rock, Damsel in Defense, artisans selling art prints and earrings and a tarot card reader. Set as a backdrop to the mingling, eating, dancing and educating were locally made AIDS quilts. Inspired by the national AIDS Memorial Quilt, the quilts were made by the loved ones of those who died from complications due to AIDS here in Western New York.

In the parking lot, Evergreen Health set up their van to provide HIV testing, a simple, 20-minute procedure.

“Know your status!” was repeated by emcee Vondale Walker, a L.O.L. youth health advocate, throughout the night. All in attendance support New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to “End AIDS” by reducing the number of new HIV infections from nearly 3,000 to just 750 by 2020 through identifying those who are undiagnosed and providing health care to those infected and at high risk of infection.  We know today, if a person who is HIV positive and has an undetectable viral load, they cannot pass the virus to another person.  Also, if a person is a risk for HIV, there is a pill they can take once a day to keep them HIV negative.  This is referred to Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Vondale introduced performers like L.O.L.’s own, Ja’Lynn Christopher. Ja’Lynn, as she goes by on stage, recently dropped a mixed tape on her 17th birthday.

“I am inspired by seeing people be themselves, which is something I love about L.O.L. Being a part of L.O.L. feels more like a family than going to work. The support and positive reaction I received has inspired me to get back into music like I was when I was a kid,” she said before her first official performance.

Other performers included rapper, producer and member of Rodagues, AJ Spliff, featuring a cypher with T-Top and Oxboii Cellz; as well as Desiree Kee and Oxboii Cellz performing solo.

 “We planned this event to attract the community, so that they could have fun, but also become informed on these issues that are not always talked about. Being a part of L.O.L. is about creating a healthy community, both physically and through getting to know the people, who have different backgrounds, experiences and opinions,” Adiah Aytch said in front of a sign with the message “No Sexism, No Racism, No Sizeism, No Ageism, No Ableism, No Homophobia, No Transphobia, No Hatred, No Frontin’. We See You, Be You.”

 

About Leaving Our Legacy

Leaving Our Legacy (L.O.L.) is a youth-driven, peer leadership program in which a passionate group of youth health advocates work to positively impact attitudes and behaviors concerning adolescent sexuality. Its mission is to raise community awareness and increase the knowledge of sexual education resources to decrease the occurrences of unintended teen pregnancy, STIs, HIV/AIDS. In order to implement this solution, L.O.L. works with health professionals and resources in the community to establish workshops, presentations, and provide support to those in need. The program is funded by New York State Department of Health-AIDS Institute and is operated by Erie 1 BOCES. Follow us via Facebook.com/legacybflo or Instagram @legacybflo.

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