CLICK HERE to see our complete list of speakers and full program for the day. Join us as the conversations are presented live or anytime during the day and be part these impactful series of conversations on World AIDS Day.

Join the National AIDS Memorial and our partners on World AIDS Day as we bring together powerful voices for a series of inspiring and insightful conversations. 2021 marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, a pandemic that has led to more than 700,000 lives lost and still no cure four decades later. This year, the National AIDS Memorial will deliver its annual World AIDS Day National Observance through this virtual forum with timely and powerful discussions focused on health and social justice, particularly among communities of color.

Inspiring Powerful Conversations

ANNOUNCEMENT: History-Making Television Series POSE to receive the Memorial’s National Leadership Recognition Award. Don’t miss a special featured conversation with Award-winning Actor Billy Porter, Co-Creator and Executive Producer Steven Canals, and Co-Executive Producer Our Lady J.

CLICK HEREto see our complete program of speakers, moderators and special guests, which include::

Elected Leaders/Goverment Officials: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ~ Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, NIAID ~ Admiral Rachel L. Levine, M.D. Assistant Secretary of Health, US Health and Human Services ~ Harold Phillips, Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy ~ U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock ~ U.S. Representative Barbara Lee

Cultural, Faith & Arts & Community Leaders: Kevin Kahakula’akea John Fong ~ O.C. Allen, Executive Director, Vision Community Foundation ~ Daniel O’Day, Chairman & CEO, Gilead Sciences ~ Anthea Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History ~ John Cunningham, CEO, National AIDS Memorial ~ Members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus ~ Suzanne Brennan Firstenburg, Creator of In America: Remember ~ Anthoula Katsimatides, Founding Member, 9-11 Memorial and Museum ~ Shonda Jones, PI & Founder, The Gilead COMPASS Initiative Faith Coordinating Center, Wake Forest University ~ Shanell McGoy, Director, Social Responsibility, Gilead Sciences ~ Bobby Wiseman, Hemophilia Survivor ~ San Francisco Chronicle Arts & Culture Columnist ~ Michelle Meow, Host of the Commonwealth Club “Michelle Meow Show

Health Services, Medical, Academic & Science Leaders: Robert Wachter, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, UCSF Gandhi, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair, HIV Division, UCSF ~ Paul Kawata, Exec. Dir., National Minority AIDS Council ~ Toni Newman, Interim CEO, Black AIDS Institute ~ Leonard Valentino, M.D., President & CEO, National Hemophilia Foundation ~ Sara L. Schwartz, Clinical Associate Professor, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, USC

Young Leaders and Scholars: Pedro Zamora Scholars Gray Gautereaux, James Hwang, Craig McFarland, Abdon Orrostieta & Laura Potter

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