Monday, September 19, 2011

Visual AIDS presents: RALLY THE TEAM

Play Smart reception, panel discussion & signing
Thursday, September 29 from 6-8 PM
at Leslie Lohman Art Gallery

Visual AIDS
presents RALLY THE TEAM on Thursday, September 29 from 6-8 PM for a spirited discussion with artists and community activists about the current score of HIV Prevention and Safer Sex campaigns, including Play Smart.  Panelist include:

Demetre Daskalakis is an assistant professor at NYU School of Medicine.  He is the founding director of the NYU/Bellevue Men’s Sexual Health Project (M*SHP) and Project 36:00, programs that provide HIV and STI preventive services.

Working off a biomedical model, Dr. Daskalakis has integrated community based action with research and clinical care.

Ted Kerr is a Brooklyn based artist and writer whose work focuses on queerness and HIV. In 2011 he was the artist in residence at the Institute for Art, Religion & Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary under the tutelage of AA Bronson.

In Canada, Kerr was a founding member of Exposure: Edmonton's Queer Arts and Culture Festival and was the first Artist in Red, a creative residency program at HIV Edmonton. He also served on the National Advisory board of the What It Takes - Gay Men's Health Campaign in 2009.

Luna Luis Ortiz is a photographer, activist, teacher and Community Health Specialist with the Institute for Gay Men's Health at GMHC. Infected with HIV at 14 in 1986, Ortiz began to focus on photography to express his voice.

His photographs and installations have been exhibited nationally, and his story has been featured on MTV, VH1, Telemundo, LOGO, MSNBC, PBS and the HIV Stops with Me campaign.  Ortiz has work on several HIV campaigns, including I Love My Boo, My Ballroom Life, and Play Smart.

Moderated by
Nelson Santos, Associate Director, Visual AIDS.

Followed by a Play Smart reception and trading card signing with photographers:
Michael Alago, Mike Harwood, Luna Luis Ortiz, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and the Play Smart models.

Play Smart safer sex trading cards, produced by Visual AIDS, is an honest and straight-forward approach to promote harm reduction, HIV testing and post-exposure prophylaxis. Play Smart is distributed for free and packaged with trading cards, stickers, condoms and lube.

The back of each trading card features information to help you learn more and play smart. For more info, visit The Body: Visual AIDS  

Free and open to the public

Hosted at

Leslie-Lohman Art Gallery

26 Wooster Street,


  1. Cheating in relationships, a topic avoided routinely by our communities' advocates... they have positioned themselves where they have more sexual opportunities at conferences, committees, etc. Fidelity would be the exception. More relationships end with somebody cheating.

  2. What does your comment have to do with the post, anon? And what do you define as "cheating" anyhow? There are lots and lots of gay couples who have explicit agreements about sex outside the relationship - so it aint cheating if it's mutually agreed upon.

  3. >"There are lots and lots of gay couples who have explicit agreements about sex outside the relationship - so it aint cheating if it's mutually agreed upon."

    That sounds exactly right. Assuming, of course, that everyone involved was exactly precise about the agreement--for example, by writing it down and signing it and each person having a copy.


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