When the Transgender community walks in solidarity with the South Florida community and Care Resource for the 28th Annual AIDS Walk Miami on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Miami Beach SoundScape located on 500 17th St in Miami Beach – it sends a message that the WHOLE community is united and committed until a cure for HIV/AIDS is found in our lifetime.
Transgender communities in the United States are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection. According to the Human Rights Campaign, in the US, 21.6% of transgender women are living with HIV. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported that transgender people of color report exponentially higher rates of HIV – the highest rates were 24.9% for transgender African Americans (compared to 2.4% for all African Americans), 10.9% for transgender Latinos (compared to .08 for all Latino/as), as compared to a rate of 0.6% for the general US population.
For this year’s walk, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen represents Florida’s 27th Congressional District and is co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. Robbin Simmons, Emmy award-winning reporter and co-anchor of the weekend editions of 7 NEWS at 5, 6, & 10 with Jeff Lennox has been chosen again as the Master of Ceremonies. Robbin Simmons has covered several major stories, in and outside the Sunshine State.
The 28th Annual AIDS Walk Miami is a 5K (3.1 miles) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Care Resource and the Food-for-Life-Network. All funds raised from AIDS Walk Miami are used in Miami-Dade and Broward to help our diverse communities in need. The Walk starts at the Miami Beach SoundScape located on 500 17th St in Miami Beach. Registration begins at 8:00am. The walk begins promptly at 9:00am. To register online, visit www.aidswalkmiami.org.
ABOUT CARE RESOURCE
Care Resource is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including pediatric care, oral and mental health/substance abuse services to all individuals in our community. For more information please visit http://www.careresource.org.