World Aids Day today



We’ve been to this event in the past, and it’s a great way to educate people about AIDS, and to lend support as well.

World AIDS Day Tucson is an event held on December 1st to honor and celebrate a community of people living with and to educate about HIV/AIDS.

Events like this one, work to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS in communities all over the world. The World AIDS Day Tucson committee is a group of community members and representatives from local non profits/businesses who are working to reduce new HIV infections and spread knowledge about HIV/AIDS.

And over at the Loft theater, you can see a powerful film “Broken Heart Land” at 7 p.m. : Broken Heart Land is a new documentary that explores the response of friends, family and community members to gay teen Zack Harrington’s suicide in Norman, Oklahoma in 2010.  Our Calendar listing has more information on this film.  Co-sponsor is the Southern AZ Aids Foundation (SAAF). 

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Being HIV positive was definitely more of a struggle than being gay for young teen Zack Harrington in Norman Oklahoma, which probably contributed to his suicide in Oct. 2010. Very powerful documentary “Broken Heart Land” of how his parents, sister, brother coped with his sudden death, and the attitude of the anti-gay, religious people in Norman. Director Jeremy Stulberg spoke to the audience (about 35 people) at the Loft via Skype from New York about his ideas for the documentary, the people he interviewed, what Norman was like. AIDS is still on the rise in Oklahoma (rose 112% in recent years).

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