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Music festival supports ending AIDS
On the heels of World AIDS Day, youth in Buffalo held an entertaining event that focused on sexual health. On Saturday, December 3 the Varsity Theater on Bailey Avenue hosted Legacy Sound and FX, a day-long musical festival and community health fair. The event was organized by a youth-led organization titled Leaving Our Legacy (L.O.L.) based at Erie 1 BOCES.

Crowds that gathered to support local performers were also greeted with complimentary food, knowledgeable health representatives, a raffle and free HIV/STI testing.

The bands playing at the Legacy Sound and FX music festival represented a variety of musical genres including psychedelic, hip hop, acoustic, R&B, reggae and punk. Artists included YoungWorld, Vice Versa, Dev11n, Assata Shapvrr, Sistah, Khalid x G5 x Ziere, and Staxcks. Local vendors selling merchandise included Pure Romance, NYC Jewelry and Accessories and a photo booth was offered by Buffalo Got Smiles. Food was provided by local businesses including Ashkers, India Gate, Desired Treats and 5 Loaves Mini Mart.

In solidarity with World AIDS Day and in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to end AIDS by 2020, a number of community organizations supported the event including Harvest House, Youth Link, HIV stops with me, Evergreen Health Services, The MOCHA Center, Planned Parenthood, ECMC-Immunodeficiency Services, Spectrum, Erie County Department of Health, Native American Community Services, DOPE, VENT, BFNC, Hope Buffalo, AIDS Network of WNY, and Community Access Services.

On display were colorful banners created by local families touched by AIDS. Each panel was created by a loved one who lost someone to AIDS.  Instead of talking about the number of people who have died, Leaving Our Legacy wanted to continue the effort to humanize the statistic. The personal displays were a part of a national campaign titled NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which helps people understand the devastating impact of the disease.

About Leaving Our Legacy (L.O.L.)
L.O.L. is a group of teens and young adults who connect and guide their peers through systems of care by providing education and creating a platform, specifically, for LGBTQ+, youth of color, and their allies. Youth Health Advocates (YHA) ages 16-24 are employed and trained, establishing youth voice in the forefront. The program is funded by New York State Department of Health and is operated by Erie 1 BOCES. Follow us via Twitter @lol_boces or

Yolanda Sims, ECMC peer navigator, speaks with attendees.

Salvatore Pierre, spokesperson for HIV Stops with Me, poses for a photo.

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