Charity Partner

Updated March 15, 2018

Gay City Health Project

Gay City Health Project

Emerald City Hoedown in pleased to partner with Gay City Health Project as the beneficiary for our fundraising efforts during the 2018 event.

Gay City Health Project promotes wellness in LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community.  Gay City is the leading provider of HIV and STI testing in King County, providing more than 3,500 free HIV tests every year, in addition to screening more than 3,000 clients for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.

Gay City has long been a leader in our community’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  What was once a revolutionary idea, fighting the spread of HIV by building a strong, healthy LGBTQ community, has since become the norm, with Gay City serving as a model for countless community-based HIV/AIDS organizations worldwide.

The results of these efforts speak for themselves, making Seattle a leader in the nationwide response to HIV/AIDS.  In King County, 92% of gay men living with HIV are aware that they carry the virus.  Of those, 76% are virally suppressed, meaning that they are engaged in treatment sufficient to bring their viral load to undetectable levels, making it nearly impossible for them to transmit the virus to others.  The rate of new HIV diagnoses in King County is down 23% from 10 years ago, and more than 95% of people diagnosed with HIV are connected to care within 90 days.  These numbers are extraordinary, the best of any city in the united states, and quite possibly the world.

As Seattle’s LGBTQ community grows and matures, Gay City continues to grow and expand, both in our vision and our service.  In recent years, our programs have expanded to serve more and more members of a diverse LGBTQ community.  Current programs and services include: the Michael C. Weidemann LGBTQ Library at Gay City, home to a 6,500 volume lending library of LGBTQ literature, the Gay City LGBTQ Resource & Referral Center, and Gay City Arts, now in its second season, Crossing the Line.

For more information, visit the Gay City Health Project web site.

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