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3rd Annual PRIDE Legacy Awards: Bradford McIntyre Presenter

PINK Category: Sexuality
(Sexual Health + HIV/AIDS Awareness)

VIDEO: 3rd Annual PRIDE Legacy Awards: Bradford McIntyre Presenter

I was deeply honoured to be the inaugural recipient of the PRIDE Legacy Award, given in the PINK Category: Sexuality (Sexual Health + HIV/AIDS Awareness), 2013. This evening it gives me great pleasure to present this award to one of our distinguished finalists.

The 3rd annual PRIDE Legacy Awards is a night to celebrate the legacy of activism and volunteerism, which has shaped Vancouverís LGBTQ2+ community. This award recognizes an individual whose work has promoted sexual health.

This award continues to serve as a positive affirmation of my work. It is gratifying to be recognized by the LGBTQ2+ community. I have lived infected with HIV for 31 years and have created an increased HIV/AIDS Awareness by volunteering my time to HIV/AIDS causes and events for 21 years.

As a previous finalist, I know the excitement and anticipation is building for this eveningís finalists!

Iím excited! Are you excited?

The finalists are: Please stand when you hear your name.

Andrea Szewchuk:
Andrea Szewchuk is a family physician working in Vancouver. They completed an MD at the University of Calgary in 2010 and a residency in Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Since that time, they have worked to provide gender-affirming care to trans* and gender diverse community members through the VCH Transgender Specialty Clinics, as well as working in primary care at the St. Paulís Hospital Immunodeficiency Clinic and the Pender Community Health Clinic. Andrea is also a Centre Organizer and doctor with the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, a community based volunteer clinic providing low-barrier care by and for the trans* community. Andrea is interested in community engagement for those often excluded from medical systems and decision making, and reducing barriers to accessing safe, appropriate medical care. Andrea plays in the Double Rainbow Dodgeball league.

Hasan Abdessamad:
Dr. Hasan Abdessamad is an American and Canadian board-certified Obstetrician and Gynaecologist based in Vancouver. Hasan is the founder and first president of the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH), with a mission to advance health care for LGBTQ2+ individuals and sexual/reproductive health in Lebanon. LebMASH was behind homosexuality being reclassified as not an illness in Lebanon in 2013 and provides grants for medical students to research sexuality with no bias based on gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. Hasan is a frequent presenter at the Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality annual conference, where he helped organize a plenary session on global LGBTQ2+ health. Hasan is the founder of Raynbow, a media watchdog for LGBT equality in Lebanon. Hasan is a co-founder and executive board member for the Foundation of Hope that works to enhance the lives of LGBTQ2+ people and their families through financial support to Canadian NG.

Jody Jollimore:
Jody Jollimore has dedicated his academic, professional and political lives to improving the health and well-being of queer men. Involved in both civic and federal partisan politics, Jody has contributed to policy initiatives including marriage equality, rights for sex workers and student debt reform. Since moving to Vancouver a decade ago, he has become known for coordinating harm reduction programs, including a crystal meth outreach project, condom and lube distribution and effective social marketing campaigns on the topics of safer sex and STI testing. He fought to have Post-Exposure Prophylaxis made available for consensual sex and drug use and currently advocates for an HPV vaccination program for boys and men. When completing his Masters in Public Policy, he chose the topic of HIV risk among gay men in Vancouver. Since completion, Jody has been able to implement three of the four policies studied in his graduate degree. Currently, he is the principal knowledge user or co-investigator on more than 10 studies about gay menís health. He is the co-author of several peer-reviewed publications, and regularly speaks to local and national audiences about his work.

The envelope please.

The PRIDE Legacy Award in the PINK category goes to Jody Jollimore.


VIDEO: Bradford McIntyre: Presenter - 3rd Annual PRIDE Legacy Awards:
PINK Award: Sexuality

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