Protestors holding a banner reading "The AIDS crisis isn't over until it's over for everyone."

World AIDS Day 2022: Reading of the Names

World AIDS Day is a day to memorialize those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and recommit to our goals to ending the epidemic. We have not yet ended HIV/AIDS because we have not ended homelessness, a crisis rooted in structural racism and political disregard for people who are Black, Latinx and poor. The challenges posed by homelessness and housing instability, food insecurity, lack of employment, stigma, and other factors are what make it harder for our community to access HIV testing, prevention, and care.

This year, we bring back a version of the Reading of the Names, a powerful exhibit to honor those we have lost to HIV/AIDS in New York. Volunteers will read from a list of names for four hours at the AIDS Memorial Park. There will also be an opportunity to memorialize your own loved ones in an interactive art exhibit at the park. 

We will kickoff the day with a press conference, calling on Governor Hochul to take action on ending the epidemic in New York State through the equitable access of housing for all New Yorkers with HIV, and increased access to and usage of housing vouchers. 

Please join us for the following events on World AIDS Day:

Housing Works World AIDS Day Events
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Kick-off Press Conference: 1PM
Reading of the Names/ Interactive Art Exhibit: 2-6PM
Where: AIDS Memorial Park (76 Greenwhich Ave, Manhattan)
Subways: L/F/M to 14th Street

Please feel free to join other Non-Housing Works events taking place at the Park following our events. Please note we will not be taking attendance at these events:
Rally and March led by VOCAL-NY (begins at Hudson River Park): 11AM-1PM
Free soup provided by Queer Soup Night: 5-7PM
Out of the Darkness Vigil & March: 6-6:30PM
Performance by Tapestry Choir: 6:30PM

Please reach out to Valerie Reyes-Jimenez at or 347-449-2456 with any questions.