“We’re out here to support everybody,” Oklahoma Atheists member Elyssa Mann said. “So many members of the LGBTQ community are atheists. We’re here to let people know that we exist.”
The Positive Heroes Series begins July 25.
“This [parade] is an important moment for Oklahoma,” Rogers said. “It is difficult for many people to do. But we’re marching not in a militant fashion, but instead in a parade, which is first of all a lot more fun, and also to say and to show that we’re people just like anyone else.”
Oklahoma ranked No. 8 most diseased state in the county for sexually transmitted diseases.
The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund event raises funds for grants to help Oklahomans infected with HIV and AIDS.
The heavy but inspiring drama by local playwright La’Charles Purvey deals with HIV and AIDS in the black community.
Participating artists are encouraged to make a donation to Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund after the show.
The events help promote AIDS and HIV education and raise money for organizations that deal with direct care and outreach efforts.
A 2014 Kaiser Family Foundation report shows 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV.
Planned Parenthood’s regional merger will result in new sexual health services and a new location in Oklahoma City.