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Wednesday, 10 July 2024 09:52

Shayla’s 25th Drag-Iversary Pride Bingo

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Join us Tuesday, July 23rd for Shayla’s 25th Drag-Iversary Pride Bingo at the Garrison Brewery – where you’ll find a night of lavish drag performances, dancing - and exciting bingo games with prizes for the winners, a door prize giveaway, and a 50/50 raffle.

Hosting will be the wonderful Shayla Shenanigans as we celebrate her 25th year in Drag. Alongside her will be Anna Mona Pia as co-host, and guest star Shampoo Extravaganza. It’s sure to be an amazing time! 

Advance tickets are $15 +fees. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20. 

We hope to see you there!

 

For more information contact Jordan Parker at 902-240-7384 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
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Friday, 26 April 2024 15:25

Day of Queer Joy* - May 17, 2024

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IDAHOBIT Action on Name Change Fee?
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Part 1* – Flag Raising: 12 Noon

Kick off the day by joining us for a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the May 17th International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). We will proudly raise the progress pride flag and hear from local queer leaders at 12 PM in the Province House courtyard. Let’s centre Queer Joy, to fight Queer hate! 

The site is wheelchair-accessible, and all are welcome to attend.
Part 2* – Living Library: 3 – 5 PM
Weather permitting, it will take place outside on the rear plaza at the Halifax Central Library. If not, it will be held in the library’s Paul O'Regan Hall. There will be a variety of tables set up with queer folks and organizations sharing their experiences in activism, navigating health structures, queer culture, current societal situations, and more. 
This event is for all ages, but some speaker's specializations are defiantly more heavy than others. We hope that by hearing from these wonderful people, you will see that you are not alone, and that we not only stand together but also grow together.
Part 3* – Spring Fling: 7 – 10 PM
This exciting event will take place on at the Halifax Central Library in the Paul O'Regan Hall. The first hour will feature a free show with drag performances, poetry readings, live music, and more, hosted by the fabulous Anna Monapia. After that, we'll transition to a dry dance with music by the talented DJ AmbieNsound. 
Complimentary snacks, sweets, mocktails, sodas, and alcohol-free beers (courtesy of Garrison Brewing Company) will be available throughout the evening. Join us for this all-ages celebration of queer joy and pride!
For more info contact Hanley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 782.234.5472.
* ACNS recognizes the financial support of the Government of Nova Scotia in our “Day of Queer Joy” activities.
Nova Scotians are facing many challenges in these extraordinary times. We are pleased to work in partnership with the province to support Queer communities. 
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IDAHOBIT Action on Name Change Fee?
Help end the name change fee for Trans, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary and Intersex people in Nova Scotia.
It costs approximately $275 dollars to legally change your name in Nova Scotia (a name change fee of $167.50 and a fingerprint fee of $78.20). The high price creates a barrier to this essential service and aspect of gender affirming care for many Trans, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary and Intersex people in the province.
On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) and throughout the month of May, ACNS and the Youth Project are calling on the Department of Service Nova Scotia to waive the name change fee and fingerprinting fee for Trans, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary and Intersex people to make this essential service and aspect of gender affirming care accessible.
We need your help! You can help by:
1 - Signing our LETTER ss an individual or organization
2 - Signing our pen-and-paper PETITION at the following locations:
- Venus Envy (1727 Barrington Street) during open hours
- AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia (5516 Spring Garden Road, Suite 200) during open hours
- At the “Day of Queer Joy” on May 17th at the Halifax Public Central Library from 3PM-5PM & 7PM-10PM
Please note, the only way to sign the petition is in-person due to requirements made by the Nova Scotia Legislature. 
If you have any questions about the letter or petition, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    
 

 

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 15:53

The Red Gala

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 ACNS invites you to ... The Red Gala! 

We're changing our name  -  and expanding our mission to broader queer health...  So 'Come Out' with us on April 20th, 2024, at the Light House Arts Centre to find out more!

This marquee cocktail social event will feature a bar, light aetizers, a silent auction, and variety-show-style performances, all co-hosted by drag performers Rouge Fatale and Deva Station.

It's a semi-formal affair that will celebrate the three-decade legacy of ACNS, and will serve as an introduction to our future. We will unveil name and brand changes to the organization during the night.

Tickets are $95, or you can reserve a table of 10 for $1000. Get your tickets at www.tinyurl.com/ACNSRedGala

For more information contact Jordan Parker at 902-240-7384 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And ... we invite you to wear something RED!

 

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              OTHER SPONSORS INCLUDE: 

Tara MacDonald Inc. https://taracmacdonald.com          

Nova Scotia Nurses' Union https://www.nsnu.ca

Nova Scotia Teachers Union https://nstu.caNova          

Nova Scotia Spirit Co. https://novascotiaspirits.com

 

 

Saturday, 11 November 2023 10:33

Chicago Drag-Along Spectacular

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Drag -Along Spectacular

 Tickets at: tinyurl.com/ChicagoDragAlong 

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If you would prefer to EFT your performer tips ....

 

Rouge Fatale, Director --  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cat MacKeigan, Stage Manager -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

ASL Interpreters -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Akira Mayari -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anna-Mona Pia -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asylum Jack -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clarke Kunt -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crooked Lee -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deva Station -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elle Noir -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hannibal Lickeder -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Sizzum -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Proshenna Rett -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rhett Slutler -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Richard Rockhard -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shampoo Extravaganza -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunny Daye -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vanity Station -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

... they greatly appreciate your support.

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ACNS and its staff would like to thank you for your support.

 

For more information contact Jordan Parker at 902-240-7384 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021 08:32

Red Scarf Project-Halifax

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We won’t spin your yarn – The Red Scarf Project is back! 
Designed to raise awareness of World AIDS Day and the current realities of HIV in Nova Scotia, we will once again be hanging red scarves on the fences around the Public Gardens to be taken by any who need them. 
Given the success of our first two years, we’re bringing the project back, and we’re hoping to make it even bigger. We had over 150 scarves bearing educational messages on display in 2021, and over 220 scarves in 2022. This year we're aiming for 300 scarves! Just like last year, we will tie hand-made scarves to mark December 1st - World AIDS Day. Scarves need to be: 1) red :-) and 2) at least 5 ft long by 6 inches wide. 
We are recruiting knitters now for this year's iteration. If you are interested in knitting for the event, are hoping to drop off finished scarves, or want to know more about the Red Scarf Project, contact our Red Scarf Project lead Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 13:57

World AIDS Day Vigil Halifax

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On Sunday, Dec 3, the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia will be hosting the 2023 Halifax World AIDS Day Vigil.

This year the Vigil will be both in-person and virtual. To attend either option advance registration is required. The ceremony starts at 2:00pm

The in-person Vigil is being held at the Italian Cultural Center, located at 2629 Agricola Street in Halifax. ASL will be provided. A scent-free policy is in place for this event. The space is accessible and on a bus route, and has street parking. 

The virtual aspect of the Vigil will be avialable via Zoom. ASL will be live-streamed as part of the Zoom feed.

ACNS is pleased to announce that Robert Seymour Wright will be the guest speaker at this year's Vigil. Robert is a Social Worker and Sociologist whose 34-year career has spanned the fields of education, child welfare, forensic mental health, trauma, sexual violence, and cultural competence.  His pioneering work with colleagues in cultural competence and conducting cultural assessments has received national attention. His extensive pro bono work gave birth to The Peoples' Counselling Clinic, a non-profit mental health clinic, which he serves as the Executive Director.  Robert also serves as the acting Executive Director of the African Nova Scotian Justice Institute.

All are welcome to join us as we remember and celebrate the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS who have passed away in Nova Scotia. The night will include the Reading of the Names and a candle-lighting ceremony to honour their lives. There will be musical performances, poetry, and more.

For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Hanley Smith at 782-234-5472 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:41

Volunteer With Us

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ACNS offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities including administrative, fund development and awareness events, PLHA (People Living with HIV/AIDS) services and Board or Committee work. 

Make a difference. Volunteer Now.

Administrative opportunities include general administrative work; this type of work occurs during regular office hours. Fund development and awareness events usually occur in the evenings or on weekends.

We have various events occurring throughout the year. Our yearly schedule includes:

  • The Red Gala Fundraiser
    TBD
  • Halifax Pride Week float and campaigns
    Late July
  • AIDS Awareness Week
    Last week of November, ending December 1st
  • Halifax World AIDS Day Vigil
    December 1st

PHA Services includes our Complimentary and Alternative Therapies (CATS) Program. Registered therapists from differing modalities such as therapeutic massage, and osteopathy offer free appointments to our HIV-positive members; etc.

The Board composition reflects the involvement of people living with HIV, health professionals, community members and various other skill areas. The Board operates under a Policy Board model (CARVER). Board members are elected for a two-year term and participate in at least one of the board committees: (1) Human Resources & Governance Committee; or (2) Vision & Strategy Committee.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:10

Events

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  • Day of Queer Joy* - May 17, 2024

    Day of Queer Joy* - May 17, 2024

    IDAHOBIT Action on Name Change Fee? SCROLL down to bottom of page for details! ----------------------------------------- Part 1* – Flag Raising: 12 Noon Kick off the day by joining us for a flag-raising
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  • The Red Gala

    The Red Gala

       ACNS invites you to ... The Red Gala!  We're changing our name  -  and expanding our mission to broader queer health...  So 'Come Out' with us on April 20th, 2024,
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  • Shayla’s 25th Drag-Iversary Pride Bingo

    Shayla’s 25th Drag-Iversary Pride Bingo

      Join us Tuesday, July 23rd for Shayla’s 25th Drag-Iversary Pride Bingo at the Garrison Brewery – where you’ll find a night of lavish drag performances, dancing - and exciting bingo games
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  • Chicago Drag-Along Spectacular

    Chicago Drag-Along Spectacular

      Chicago Drag -Along Spectacular  Tickets at: tinyurl.com/ChicagoDragAlong  * * * If you would prefer to EFT your performer tips ....   Rouge Fatale, Director --  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cat MacKeigan, Stage Manager -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   ASL Interpreters -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  • Red Scarf Project-Halifax

    We won’t spin your yarn – The Red Scarf Project is back!  Designed to raise awareness of World AIDS Day and the current realities of HIV in Nova Scotia, we will
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  • World AIDS Day Vigil Halifax

    World AIDS Day Vigil Halifax

    On Sunday, Dec 3, the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia will be hosting the 2023 Halifax World AIDS Day Vigil. This year the Vigil will be both in-person and virtual.
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  • Hold your own event

    Hold your own event

    Hosting an event to raise funds for the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia can be easy! Your event can be anything – an aerobics marathon, a stair climb, bake sale, a
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:47

Become an Event Sponsor

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Show your corporate support by sponsoring an ACNS event, and become part of a very select group– some of Nova Scotia’s leading (and most caring) businesses.

We are very grateful for the long-term corporate financial support of our events. Involvement on a corporate level demonstrates dedication and support forimportant public awareness activities,and helps raise thousands of dollars for our education and support programs in communities across NS.

Corporate commitment to ACNS enables us to reach more people, recruit more volunteers and raise more funds to enhance our reach in prevention, anddirectly impacts the quality of life of people living with HIV,and those at risk.

If you belong to an organization that wants to make a real difference in the awareness efforts about HIV, partner with us. Drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-240-7384.

Our unique sponsorship opportunities help you

• Build customer and employee loyalty
• Strengthen brand value in your customers’ minds
• Reach consumers across Nova Scotia
• Improve workplace morale and enhance team-building

To get involved, email or call us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 902-240-7384.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:46

Hold your own event

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Hosting an event to raise funds for the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia can be easy! Your event can be anything – an aerobics marathon, a stair climb, bake sale, a bowling or golf tournament – or whatever else you can dream up. If you need some assistance, ask us – we have lots of ideas. Contact us today and we can talk more about it.

To inspire you, here’s some pastexamples of third party fundraisers: BBQs, Glam Delusion, an 80s Old School Dance Party, Wine and Cheese....

To register your event, please contact Chris This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll need your name, and your fundraising idea. In return we’ll offer any help we can give!

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