Portraits Against Stigma

YouthCO is hosting a drop in event for youth living with HIV. There will be food, activities, discussion, and a chance to participate in Oak Tree's World AIDS Day project called Portraits of Stigma. We invite youth living with HIV (up to age 30!) to join us for this drop in social and chance to connect with peers, whether or not you want to be a part of Portraits Against Stigma. Younger youth (6 - 14) living with HIV are invited to attend with a family member.

Portraits Against Stigma is a portrait series and word art project that aims to show the damage that stigma and negative stereotypes do to identities of those living with HIV. For those who are interested, two students from Oak Tree Clinic would like to capture your stigma experience in words and place it within an image. The photograph will not show your face or any unique parts of your body that you feel it could easily identify you. Photos can also be taken of a prop that best represents who you are.

The artwork will be displayed at BC Women’s & Children’s Hospital on December 1st. We also hope to exhibit these images in other public venues and/or conferences with the hope of changing the negative impact of stigma by helping the public to see the whole person not the illness. 

Please do let us know if you'll be coming by RSVping below!

November 07, 2016 at 5pm - 7:30pm
Colt Burrows

Will you come?

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!