01/22/2014 01:48 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU Campus Life will host “A Night of Pozitivity with Mondo Guerra” on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater featuring Mondo Guerra, a Denver, Colo., native who competed in Lifetime’s “Project Runway” series and first revealed his HIV-positive status on the show after 10 years living silently with the disease.
LSU Campus Life presents this event with support from the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, or HAART, and LaTangela Fay, a radio deejay at Max 94.1 FM and supporter of the HIV cause, who will guest host the event.
Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. This event is open to the public and does not require advance tickets.
LSU Campus Life is hosting this program to help raise awareness in the campus community about the ongoing issue of HIV/AIDS infection rates. In March 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified Baton Rouge as having the highest per capita rates of AIDS cases in the U.S. for the second straight year. Following the program, several Baton Rouge organizations will provide information about local HIV/AIDS resource agencies and clinics, volunteer opportunities and ongoing programs that serve the needs of those affected by HIV/AIDS.
While his innovative style and bold designs have captured the fashion world’s imagination, Guerra’s work in HIV/AIDS education has helped continue the important conversation about the epidemic. He will speak about his experiences as an HIV-positive male, why social stigmas caused him to keep his illness a secret for so long, how to reduce chances of contracting the virus, and the physical and mental effects of HIV.
Guerra finished as the runner-up on season eight of Lifetime's “Project Runway.” Viewers saw his tearful disclosure of his HIV-positive status on the runway after being asked about the inspiration for his original textile creation featuring plus signs. After hiding his disease from his family and friends for 10 years, Guerra found the courage to admit his status on international television and emerged as the breakout star of that season. In 2012, Guerra claimed victory on the debut season of Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars.”
Guerra currently stars in Lifetime’s new 13 episode series, “Under the Gunn,” in which he and fellow Project Runway alumni Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos serve as mentors to teams of young designers seeking runway success.
Fay, a native of Louisiana, has been in the entertainment industry since age three appearing on the national stages of “Apollo Kids” and “Showtime in Harlem.” She received Women in Media’s Female Personality of the Year Award for her on-air presence and volunteerism for charitable organizations. A prolific artist, she has recorded three albums and will release a book in February.
As one of the top HIV/AIDS service organizations in Louisiana, HAART assists more than 2,000 people statewide with health insurance services while helping more than 500 of our friends, neighbors and family members in the Baton Rouge area with other critical services, such as primary care, medications, transportation to medical appointments and other supportive services.
LSU Campus Life is dedicated to developing student learning outside the classroom through innovative leadership development, involvement, student activities and service opportunities for LSU students at all levels.
Individuals with disabilities should contact Campus Life at 225-578-5160 at least seven days in advance to address any accommodation concerns.
For more information, visit www.lsu.edu/campuslife or call 225-578-5160.
MEDIA NOTE: Unfortunately, Mondo Guerra’s schedule does not permit advance interviews, but LSU Campus Life will work closely with him to accommodate requests for interviews the evening of his lecture. Any media outlet wishing to interview Guerra should submit on official letterhead a request for interview that outlines the number of reporters and their names, whether reporters will be using recording devices, whether reporters will be using photo or video equipment or will be accompanied by photographers or videographers, and the estimated run date of the article or segment. These requests can be submitted to Aaron Looney at LSU Media Relations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to Margo Jolet with LSU Campus Life via e-mail at email@example.com or via fax at 225-578-9311.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014