Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013, December 19, 2003, Page 9, Image 9

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Gay, lesbian, hi and trans students and allies; chil­
dren from sexual minority families; and students
of color are particularly encouraged to apply.
H ie G reater Seattle Business Association,
the Emerald C ity’s queer chamber of commerce,
has awarded 150 scholarships totaling more
than $500,000 since its inception in 1990. T he
money is awarded to undergraduate students
who demonstrate need and potential leadership
for the sexual minorities community.
T he Pride Foundation’s program began with
a 1992 bequest from Brian M. Day that estab­
lished a scholarship for Puget Sound gay men of
color. Since then, the nonprofit has awarded
more than $520,000 to 526 people.
Awards of up to $5,000 each will support col­
lege, creative or vocational training. Applica­
tions are due Jan. 20.
For more information about the Greater Seattle
Business Association scholarship, call 206-363-9/88
or visit wuiw.thegsha.org. For more mformation
about the Pride Foundation scholarship, call
ROO'735'7287 or visit wuHv.pridefoundatum.org.
$450,000 G rant W ill H elp
HIV-A ffected C hildren
m atching grant of $450,000 has been
awarded to Cascade AIDS Project to fund
its Kids’ C onnection program for children
whose parent or caretaker is HIV-positive.
O f 515 nationwide applications to the highly
competitive Local Initiative Funding Partners pro­
gram of the Robert Wixxl Johnson Foundation,
only 18 were funded in 2003. Meyer Memorial
Trust nominated CAP’s proposal and recently
awarded three years of seed funding for Kids’ Con­
nection. The Robert Wixxl Johnson monies will be
dispersed to CAP for the next four years and must
be matched dollar for dollar by locally raised funds.
Kids’ C onnection was selected as a potential
national mixJel for bringing together AIDS
agencies and children’s services to address a
rapidly growing problem: the devastating impact
of the epidemic on the entire family. HIV-affect­
ed families often have the least access to health
care and are disproportionately affected by
poverty, homelessness, mental illness, substance
abuse and discrimination.
W ith shifting HIV/AIDS demographics,
C A P has experienced significant increases in
diversity among its client base and sees many
more families with children. In 2002, 59 percent
of its 1,600 clients were heterosexual and 16
percent were women.
Among C A P ’s current gay and hi men
clients, a higher percentage have children in
their lives than ever before. It’s estimated that
2,500 HIV-affected children live in the Portland
metropolitan area.
Because fear and stigma related to AIDS is
still prevalent, many parents chixise not to seek
services for themselves or their children outside
the HIV arena or, when they do, they don’t dis­
close their HIV status. As a result, many of their
children remain invisible, have unmet needs
and lack access to care and services. Kids’ C o n ­
nection is designed to improve the physical
well-being, mental health and personal safety of
these isolated, vulnerable youth.
“Cascade AIDS Project will build on its strong
collaborative relationships with other service
providers to expand our local infrastructure to
support these high-risk kids,” said Victor Merced,
D onna Red Win}», along with M arty Rouse and Scott Sherm an, a V erm ont couple joined in a
civil union, met with Iowa queers to discuss their support for H ow ard D ean
Meyer Memorial Tmst program officer. “In sum,
CAP is helping to re-engineer a new continuum
of care for these children and their families.”
F ormer LCP D irector
J oins D ean C ampaign
onna Red Wing, who served as executive
director of the Lesbian Community Project
from 1995 to 1996, is helping former Vermont
Gov. Howard Dean with his bid for the Demo­
cratic presidential nomination. She campaigned
in Iowa from Dec. 9 to 11 for the candidate, who
recently earned the endorsement of U.S. Rep.
Jesse Jackson Jr., D-lll.; former U.S. Sen. Paul
Simon, 1988 Democratic presidential candi­
date; and former Vice President At Gore, 2000
Democratic presidential nominee.
“Dean is the only candidate willing to stand
up to George W. Bush on the war in Iraq to pro­
viding civil rights for all Americans," Red Wing
said. "As the governor of Vermont, he support­
ed groundbreaking legislation that allowed all
Vermonters to be treated equally.”
Red Wing is the principal consultant at Red
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