Fashion Industry Donates Big Money to NYC HIV/AIDS Organizations

Groups like GMHC and Callen-Lorde will receive grants of $70,000 each from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Above: A contestant walks the runway at GMHC’s 29th annual Latex Ball this June.

The category is… supporting organizations that serve your local LGBTQ community.

In honor of World AIDS Day 2019, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is donating a total of $500,000 to eight New York-based community organizations serving queer people and people living with HIV/AIDS, according to a press release. Each of the groups was selected for its pre-existing initiatives to support LGBTQ people of color affected by HIV/AIDS, including NYC’s thriving house and ballroom community.

Organizations like the Audre Lorde Project; Callen-Lorde Community Health Center; Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), which hosted its 29th annual Latex Ball this June with Logo; the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and more will each receive $70,000 grants. Additional grants of $50,000 from MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam Fund will be awarded to Ali Forney Center, Anti-Violence Project NYC, and the Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Program at SUNY.

The grant announcement comes on the heels of CFDA’s Love Ball III HIV/AIDS fundraiser, which took place during WorldPride 2019 this June.

In a statement, CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb celebrated the council’s longstanding history of championing LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS causes.

“With the help of the American fashion community, the CFDA has been able to raise significant funds to fight HIV/AIDS since the inaugural 7th on Sale event with Vogue magazine in 1990,” Kolb said. “We continued these efforts with Love Ball III during WorldPride in New York City this June, and are pleased to continue to contribute to this important cause. We are so grateful for the partnership with MAC Cosmetics and their longstanding work in our shared mission.”

Learn more about the eight organizations receiving funding from the CFDA in the video below.

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