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AIDS2012 Day Four: The Global Village

It’s time for a tour of the heart and soul of the international AIDS conference in Washington, DC: The Global Village. This massive hall is the only part of the conference open to the public, and it has a grass-roots feel, crafted from the love and devotion of hundreds of community groups who are doing “the work on the ground” in cities and small towns throughout the world.

Thank God I’m a video blogger, because words escape me when trying to describe the colors and displays and most importantly, the committed people behind it all. You’re about to meet drag queens who make their living handing out condoms, sex workers demanding an end to criminalization, young prevention workers from far-flung corners of the planet, a stunning photo exhibit from the Ukraine… the list goes on.

Why wait? Take a look at my video report. Welcome to the Global Village!

Thanks for watching, and please be well.





  1. Dana Diamond July 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Thanks again Mark! You have done a wonderful job!! Even though I couldn’t be there you gave me a taste of the conference
    Have a safe trip home

  2. Sue July 28, 2012 at 8:40 am


  3. garry July 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Dear Mark,
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for sharing your experiences, the events and the people you have encountered at this spectatular conference. I so wanted to be there but couldn’t connect with the supposed co-ordinator here on the West Coast of Florida!
    Still and all, I have shared your reports and video on our Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project page.! Thank you so much and keep up the good work you do!

  4. Bob Bowers aka One Tough Pirate July 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

    HONORED t’ be part of yer amazin Global Village coverage! Such n’ HONOR t’ meet ye, hug ye, smooch ye, Matey! Yer a GEM! PIRATE ON n’ NEVER FUCKING SURRENDER!!

  5. Bob Bowers aka One Tough Pirate July 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

    have a gander! Our other youth sites/org are http://www.hivictorious.org n’ http://www.whatifitwereyou.org We’re semi-retired at d’ moment, but still lots of useful images, news, etc. LIVE t’ TELL d’ TALE!

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