World AIDS Day 2020

World AIDS Day 2020

A National Conversation – Presented by National AIDS Memorial and Quilt with supporting 9 local DFW Organizations. Keynote Speakers and Recipients of 2020 National Leadership Recognition Award

Tuesday, December 1st ,2020

10:00 AM (CST) Local Organizations Remembrance of World AIDS Day – Dallas Event 

12-2 PM (CST) Virtual Event – National AIDS Memorial  A National Conversation 2020
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Anthony Fauci MDAnthony Fauci, M.D.

Director, National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases

David Ho MDDavid Ho, M.D.

Director, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research
Center at Columbia University

Additional speakers will be announced leading up to World AIDS Day who will lead conversations around the following topics:

World AIDS Day

FORMAL PANEL DISCUSSIONS — Stay tuned for speaker announcements

Medical and Scientific Leadership:
Anthony Fauci, M.D. and David Ho, M.D., leading health experts on the front lines of medical and scientific advancements during two global pandemics, discuss on the health, research and long term impacts of HIV/AIDS and Covid-19.

Activism that Sparks Change and Movements:
A discussion with leaders whose actions have made a difference during both pandemics, demanding social and health justice.

Impact on Marginalized Communities:
A conversation on how HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 have disproportionately affected communities of color and the systemic barriers that compound poor health outcomes.

A Look to the Future:
Surviving voices from the AIDS pandemic come together to share their feelings about how a nation responds, heals, and remembers those lost to both pandemics.



10:00 AM CT – Online Event for Dallas  at

Hosted by Rev. Neil of Cathedral of Hope with 8 other organizations.

Nine North Texas Organizations will be joining together to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1.

Committed to raising awareness of the ongoing AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics, we will be hosting a special online presentation from nine D-FW organizations to raise awareness of the two pandemics that have claimed nearly one million lives and remain active diseases.

To commemorate World AIDS Day 2020, The National AIDS Memorial will officially unveil its first-ever virtual exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt that will feature more than 10,000 Quilt panels representing all 50 states and U.S. territories—including 16 original panels from local D-FW organizations.

12:00–2:00 PM (CST) – Online Event of the National AIDS Memorial  A National Conversation 2020

Beginning 12 noon at the National AIDS Memorial will livestream its World AIDS Day 2020 national conversation event with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Dr. David D. Ho. This virtual event can be viewed here:

Join us on December 1st. We just announced a group of inspirational speakers for our World AIDS Day 2020 commemoration. . Dr. Fauci, Dr. Ho, Judith Light, Mayors Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta); Bill de Blasio (New York City); Robert Garcia (Long Beach) & Lori E. Lightfoot (Chicago); and Activists Alicia Garza, Cleve Jones & Kristin Urquiza all on the front lines of both the AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics. Learn more @aids_memorial

AIDS Memorial Quilt

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Be sure to visit the National AIDS Memorial Virtual Quilt. Here are 3 people important in GDMAF’s  life.  Please consider remembering a friend you have lost with a $10-$25 donation today in their memory.

Block of 8  -  DFW Continuum of Care 1

Blocks on Display –3479,1701,3883,2506,5675,5728,5945,2103.

(link to images at National AIDS Memorial: )

Display Host: DFW Continuum of Care 2 – These Dallas agencies have been on the front lines of the HIV/AIDS fight for over 50 years and continue to be a resource to those in need of critical support today. Access & Information Network – Celebrating a 35-year anniversary, AIN is a leading healthcare resource offering programs such as nutritious hot meals, medical transportation, translation services and much more. AIDS Services Dallas, mission includes advocacy, education and the development of affordable housings options and community development opportunities, both for its resident living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS, and economically disadvantaged people.   Resource Center – Founded in 1983, today , those services include primary medical care, dental care, case management, a food pantry and hot meals program, and access to support groups and mental health counseling through a partnership with SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Also provides a robust HIV/AIDS testing program and offers access to daily HIV preventative pill better known as PrEP. Has specialize outreach towards those Identified LGBTQ community between 18 and 35 years old, monolingual Spanish speakers and who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming.  Legacy for over 25 years, has provided quality mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment and special care housing services for people challenged with HIV and AIDS. 

National AIDS Memorial GDMAF

Greg Dollgener Panel 3479 –

Representing the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, since 1996

Greg Dollgener Greg Dollgener

This panel represents David Hearn’s partner and 2 close friends who died of AIDS within 6 months of each other.  Kelly Brown died in November 1993, Stephen Tarver January 1994, and Greg Dollgener in June 1994.

Having lost 34 friends to AIDS and 2 partners over the years, a group of friends led by David Hearn,  founded the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund to help those with HIV and AIDS in emergency needs in memory of Greg his partner in 1996.  We had learned where the issues were and the gap in the assistance during the 1990’s.   This is GDMAF’s 25th Anniversary year and we are still assisting those in emergency needs when the other major organizations in North Texas are unable to assist due to Grant restrictions. GDMAF provides funds for rent, car repairs, electricity, replaced tires on a car to have client get to and from work, cell phone activation to give them chances to keep their job and doctor appointments.  These friends made an impact on the Plano and North Texas Community and in their memory this organization was born. Our group still travels together today to see the quilt.

Party on my friends until we meet again.  GDMAF.

View this panel another Texas panels at the National AIDS Memorial:

Donate to GDMAF in honor of Greg Dollgener.

John Francis Busenbarrick Panel 3883 –

John Francis Busenbarrick John Francis Busenbarrick

Representing the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, since 1996

John Cooper-Lara (former President of GDMAF) met John Francis Busenbarrick in 1987 while living in Tucson, Arizona.  Shortly after our meeting we dated and became a couple, only to find out that John was HIV positive.  Given the uncertainty of the time related to HIV, I stayed with John as we were committed to creating a life together. 

“Little John”, as we called him, served in the United States Air Force.  He was stationed in Germany and in Tucson at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.  When it was discovered he was gay, it ended his time in the service. But in a lot of ways, it shaped the courage and strength he showed throughout his 7-year battle with this disease. 

In May of 1988 we moved to Dallas, Texas. There we made new friends including David Hearn and his partner Greg Dollgener.  We lost Greg in 1994 and Little John passed January 1, 1995.  After John’s passing, I honored his life with an AIDS quilt panel depicting the pet bird he loved so much.From the pain of our losses, and from the example set by Greg Dollgener’s volunteering to help fellow men, woman and children in the North Texas area, the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund (GDMAF) was created by my friend, David Hearn.  The organization’s mission is to provide emergency financial assistance for those in need, who have exhausted all other means.  Through the hard work of the Board of Directors and volunteers, GDMAF has thrived for 25 years and has made a huge impact on people who continue to struggle with this disease in the greater Dallas area of North Texas.  I’m sure both Greg and Little John would be proud of the work that GDMAF has done over the years and would hope it continues for years to come.

Party on my friends until we meet again.  GDMAF.

View this panel another Texas panels at the National AIDS Memorial:

Donate to GDMAF in honor of John Francis Busenbarrick

Ryan Barrows - Panel 5954

Ryan Barrows Ryan Barrows

Representing C.U.R.E

This panel for Ryan Barrows was created with love by his family and friends to honor and remember his strength of spirit and commitment to educate people about HIV/AIDS.  In that spirit, Ryan helped to start the non-profit organization C.U.R.E. (Community Unity Respect Education, Inc) and continued this work until his death on October 1, 2013.

Working closely with the Names Project, C.U.R.E., at their annual World AIDS Day commemoration, created and received new Quilt panels to be dedicated and presented to The Names Project to be forever honored and remembered as they travel the world as part of the internationally acclaimed AIDS Memorial Quilt.  

View this panel another Texas panels at the National AIDS Memorial:

Donate to GDMAF in honor of Ryan Barrows.