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Lonnie Payne

Lonnie Payne

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In 2020 Bruce and I added my twin, Lawrence, and his life partner Timothy to the National AIDS Memorial Grove’s Circle of Friends to join Joel’s inscription. In 2021 we added the names of our friends Peter Foster and Duy Nguyen. We get great comfort in visiting the Circle of Friends and seeing their names inscribed.

The National AIDS Memorial Grove is a 10-acre living memorial in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park dedicated to lives touched by AIDS. In October 1996, through the passage of legislation spearheaded by Representative Nancy Pelosi and signed by President Bill Clinton, the ‘National AIDS Memorial Grove Act of 1996’ designated the Grove a national memorial.

This is my third year serving as a member of the board of directors; I continue to take enormous pride in being a steward of our mission: By sharing the story of the struggle against HIV/AIDS, we remember, in perpetuity, the lives lost, we offer healing and hope to survivors, and we inspire new generations of activists in the fight against stigma, denial, and hate, for a just future.

We are committed to ensuring that the lives of people who died from AIDS — and those who fought for justice, provided care, and made discoveries — are never forgotten.

The National AIDS Memorial, The National AIDS Memorial Quilt, Surviving Voices, and our other programs continue to serve our mission. Last year mini-documentaries created by our Surviving Voices program were seen by thousands who attended the Queer Film festival. We have a new mini-documentary, “Surviving Voices: Black Community,” that we are excited about and hopefully will have news as to when it will be showing later in the year.

I am immensely proud to share that on June 11th and 12th we marked the 35th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt with a historic outdoor display in Golden Gate Park featuring more than 3,000 hand-stitched panels of the Quilt. For Black history month in 2021 and 2022, we presented a uniquely curated virtual exposition of quilt panels representing members of the Black community that we have lost to AIDS. Here is a link to that exhibit. aidsmemorial.org/virtual-quilt/virtual-quilt-black-history

To honor my third year of service to the National AIDS Memorial, I have set a big goal to raise $10,000!

Your support helps make all of this possible. Please help me reach my goal so that we can continue our work. Please support our work by donating here to AIDS Walk San Francisco.

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