LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AHF’s Latino Outreach and Understanding Division (L.O.U.D.) will host an
exclusive red carpet film screening of Gay
Latino LA: Coming of Age—a braided documentary following the
lives of three young gay Latino men who are searching for their identity
as they deal with issues of family, machismo, religion, culture, and
living in LA—on Saturday, June 6th from 6-9
p.m. at 6500 Sunset Blvd., formerly known as Siren Studios. A
Q&A reception with the film’s director, Jonathan Menendez,
producer Mario Novoa, cast, and Latino community leaders will
immediately follow the screening.
The digital screening will be broadcast live online via Google Hangout
The full movie and event coverage will be available nationwide for 29
hours following the screening by registering at GayLatino.LA,
courtesy of AHF’s Latino Outreach and Understanding Division.
Complimentary screening of Gay Latino: Los Angeles, followed by
Q&A with film director, producer and cast.
Saturday, June 6th
6:00 p.m. – 9:00
6500 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
6:00 p.m. Red carpet arrivals and coverage
8:30 p.m. Q&A with Filmmaker
Jonathan Menendez, Producer Mario Novoa, and cast.
p.m. VIP table and private section reservation at Club
**MEDIA: PLEASE RSVP ONLINE BY FRIDAY EOD**
CONTACT: Hector Torres, AHF: 323.960.4842 email@example.com
The event is sponsored by Adelante
Magazine with media entertainment and coverage by Qulture.org.
Cobra dancers will be serving food catered by The
Smokehouse Restaurant. The event will also feature live music by
OMEDJ and premiere open bar beverages sponsored by Apocalypto
Gay Latino LA: Coming of Age, an independent film that raised
over $18,000 through crowd-sourcing, has received rave reviews from
domestic and international LGBT film festivals and garnered support from
over 100 businesses and organizations. The documentary follows Alejandro
“Alex” Aldana, an undocumented bohemian activist from
Mexico; Brian Pacheco, a Salvadoran activist and Berkeley
graduate; and Carlos Gomez, a Mexican American from South Central
Los Angeles who wants to get away from the gang life.
According to LA County’s 2013 Annual Surveillance Report—the most
recent for which data is available—Latinos represented the largest
racial/ethnic group (47%) of new HIV infections in 2011. A total of
1,913 Los Angeles County residents were newly diagnosed with HIV in
2011, with most (64%) being among persons aged 20-39 years of age.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports
that Hispanics/Latinos account for over one-fifth of all new HIV
infections in the U.S. despite representing only 16% of the total
population. Among Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men (MSM), 67%
of estimated new HIV infections occurred in those under age 35.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
415,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Ged Kenslea, Senior
Johnson, Associate Director of Communications