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GMHC Receives Grant from Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation


For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Media Contact:
Cub Barrett: VP, Communications and Public Affairs, GMHC
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February 27, 2019 (New York, NY)—The ACRIA Centers at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) have been awarded a grant for $50,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in partnership with Macy’s. The grant will be used for GMHC’s Leadership Empowerment and Awareness Program (LEAP) for Girls, which is a unique vehicle to foster leadership skills among low-income young women of color in NYC’s high-need communities. The grant will help GMHC partner with individual schools, community groups, and other youth allies to implement LEAP’s science-based and culturally sensitive HIV prevention and sexual health education program that reaches both young women and young men.

“GMHC is a powerful part of a collective effort to achieve an AIDS-free world, a world Elizabeth Taylor is still helping to realize through ETAF,” said Catherine Brown, Executive Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. “ETAF and Macy’s are honored to support GMHC with these funds to continue our aligned goals of health equity and zero discrimination for all people living with or at risk for HIV and AIDS.”

“GMHC is honored to be recognized for our innovative approach in support of people affected by HIV and AIDS,” said Kelsey Louie, CEO of GMHC. “Our LEAP for Girls program has enabled us to train 650 young women, who have collectively reached more than 15,000 at-risk peers with life-saving prevention and self-empowerment messages. This grant from ETAF will help us expand the reach of the program where this kind of education is needed the most.”

 Macy’s contributed to this grant through their community program, Thanks For Sharing, which raises funds for charitable organizations in support of disadvantaged communities across the nation.


About GMHC

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to more than 13,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health, and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state, and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit


About The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) funds programming which provides direct care and support to people affected by HIV and AIDS. Inspired by Elizabeth’s personal passion for the cause, ETAF also engages with advocacy and education initiatives to advance our goal of an AIDS-free world.