Orange County Health Care Agency logo for National HIV Testing Day

June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, which promotes testing and early diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. This year’s theme, Doing It My Way, is a call to action that encourages people to get tested for HIV in a way that is best for them.

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LGBTQ+ person showing rainbow-painted hands for the OC Pride Festival

The first Orange County Pride Cultural Festival was a rather small affair in Santa Ana during the summer of 1989, but the event’s roots actually date back 20 years earlier—to New York City. A police raid of Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn in the early-morning hours of June 28, 1969, led to spontaneous and violent demonstrations by members of the gay community. Those events 50 years ago led to the creation of Pride Month, as well as annual celebrations across the country, during which rainbow-colored LGBT liberation flags proudly wave.

However, the first OC Pride, like Stonewall, was marred by violence—not from attendees, but from anti-LGBTQ goons who crashed the party. Law enforcement ordered Pride organizers to lock the festival gates temporarily as they considered shutting down the event. Attendees waited it out like caged animals before authorities finally deemed it safe for the Pride festival to continue.

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2019 Orange County AIDS Walk on the Boardwalk logo
The 33rd Annual AIDS Walk Orange County, scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019, features a 5K walk along the Huntington Beach boardwalk. All donations support the individuals and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS.