Theater group honored for raising HIV/AIDS awareness
The Theater Offensive has been bestowed the prestigious Belynda A. Dunn Award
The Theater Offensive, a nonprofit group that produces plays, social gatherings, and workshops for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, has been bestowed the prestigious Belynda A. Dunn award by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts for their efforts in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS among racial minority communities.
The award was presented to The Theater Offensive at the 25th Annual Bayard Rustin Breakfast, named for the gay African American activist who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement.
For black and Hispanic LGBT, HIV/AIDS awareness is one many concerns. Young people from this community are at a higher risk for homelessness, and at any age are likely to be harassed on the job, denied a job and denied housing more frequently than their black and Hispanic heterosexual counterparts.
The Theater Offensive, in operation for more than 25 years, strives to overcome racial bigotry and homophobia through performance, dialogue and workshops.