LOS ANGELES – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Sep 8, 2021–
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization today and which began its journey providing care and services to HIV / AIDS patients 35 years ago in Los Angeles providing palliative care for people dying of AIDS, today mourned the passing of a famous AIDS activist and openly gay black preacher, the Reverend Carl Bean, an icon in the fight against stigma and discrimination in communities of color.
At the start of the AIDS pandemic, AHF named one of its three AIDS hospices in honor of Reverend Bean. AHF operated the 25-bed Carl Bean House in the West Adams district of south Los Angeles from 1992 until February 2006, when it ceased providing palliative care services at the site due to declining needs. through life-saving antiretroviral drugs and corresponding funding cuts for end-stage AIDS care. When it closed, it was the only 24-hour AIDS hospice and residential HIV / AIDS nursing facility in Los Angeles and more than 3,000 people lived – and died there.
“Archbishop Carl Bean has been my brother in struggle for the past 35 years. We walked through the fire together in the height of pain and death. Whatever pressures might have divided us, we have always been there for each other, ”said Michael weinstein, president of the AHF. “An irreplaceable part of our history is taken away with his death. However, a small part of his legacy of service lives on at the Carl Bean House, which began as a hospice and still serves as a sacred land and place of healing today. Rest in the peace you have richly deserved dear friend and comrade. “
Today, a state-of-the-art AHF healthcare center is located on Adams Boulevard, just west of Western Avenue. In addition, the Carl Bean campus is also home to In The Meantime Men’s Group, an organization that “… has been at the forefront of creating an environment that supports, empowers and educates black, gay, gay and bisexual men in Los Angeles County.”
According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, “Archbishop Carl Bean started the Minority AIDS Project (MAP) in Los Angeles. MAP was the first community-based HIV / AIDS organization that focused on the prevalence of HIV / AIDS transmission in the black community at a time when the disease was considered relatively new.
AIDS Health Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization, currently provides healthcare and / or medical services to more than 1.6 million people in 45 countries around the world in the United States, Africa, Latin America / Caribbean, Asia / Pacific region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @helpful
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CONTACT: Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications for AHF +1.323.791.5526 [email protected]
MW Imara Canada, AHF National Director, Communications and Community Engagement, +1.770.940.6555 mobile [email protected]
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INDUSTRY KEYWORDS: LGBTQ + RELIGION PUBLIC POLICY / GOVERNMENT PHILANTHROPY AIDS GENERAL HEALTH CONSUMER HEALTH PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION
SOURCE: AIDS Healthcare Foundation
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