AHP Now 2020-2021 Annual Report

A Letter From Our Directors

In a year of continued devastation and loss due to COVID-19 and the social epidemics of racism, homophobia, and transphobia, our clinic staff devoted their days to connecting with and caring for clients. Social uprisings in response to police violence, hate crimes, and ongoing structural racism demanded our attention and self-examination. We carried on using our resources to focus on making sure our clients received the best possible mental health care.

In the summer of 2020, AHP recommitted to addressing racism both internally and as a part of our mission. We took part in eight weeks of intensive training about the history and legacy of structural racism and have applied these lessons to ongoing work through accountability groups and work groups charged with transforming our language, policies, and practices to address racial inequities. We have prioritized increasing staff diversity and equity, reducing barriers to service access and retention, and creating a more inclusive and affirming clinical environment. This work continues and stays central to our values as an organization.

In early 2021, with the 40th anniversary of the first reports of what would later be known as AIDS, we reflected on how, for some of us, this defined our coming out and our coming of age. It was poignant to be immersed in the COVID-19 pandemic and to reflect on the ways these two viruses have devastated our communities.

At the same time, and after 30 years, we bid farewell to our beloved outgoing Medical Director, George Harrison, MD, with a delicious in-person gathering before a new coronavirus variant took hold. We also snuck in a Pride celebration that included a movie night featuring the ‘Rona Chronicles’ and a gathering with ‘Rona’ star Rodney Chester. Many staff and friends also contributed to a music video and a video celebrating our Pride motto, Still here. Still Queer. Still Proud in more than 10 languages.

In October 2020, we held our annual fundraiser, Art for AIDS, virtually, for the first time, and thanks to our supporters, we raised a stunning $260,000.    

As we continue to support the mental health and wellness of LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected clients, I feel strengthened knowing that we are working in tandem with each of you.

In solidarity,

 

Lori Thoemmes

Lori Thoemmes
Director 

James W. Dilley, MD

James W. Dilley, MD
Emeritus Executive Director  

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