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St. Ann’s LGBTQ+ Action Group sponsored an observance of World AIDS Day on Friday, December 1, to remember all who have died of HIV/AIDS, to honor those living with the disease, and to pray for an end to the global pandemic. St. Ann’s member Wladimir Lewis-Thomas welcomed all on behalf of our church. Moving presentations were made by guest speakers Thomas Powell from GMHC and Aundaray Guess from the Griot Circle, Inc. Dancer Tyon Alleyne and trumpeter Kevin Batchelor performed magnifiecntly. Canon Marie shared a beautiful prayer she composed. HIV/AIDS awareness pins donated by Ben Graham were given out at the door and red ribbons were placed on the fence in memory of loved ones above an extraordinary image created by local artist Katie Merz. (Tote bags and mugs with the design are available for purchase at and proceeds will be shared with HIV/AIDS service organizations.) Thanks to all who made the event a great success!

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