On Saturday June 2nd, Radiant Health Centers hosted Stairway to the Stars, a magical, history-making night filled with entertainment and inspiration as the evening’s headliners included singer/songwriter and Tony award-winning actor Levi Kreis and actor and comedian Jason Stuart, along with special celebrity guests Metta World Peace, Emerson Collins, Blake McIver and Del Shores. All proceeds and pledges benefit Radiant Health Centers’ expansion of services to the entire LGBTQ community, while maintaining their long-standing commitment to end the HIV epidemic in Orange County.

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Stairway to the Stars

The Stairway to the Stars event, held on June 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, raised $755,000 toward The Campaign for Radiant Health Centers, bringing the capital campaign fund to $1…

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A range of issues important to LGBTQ people and those who value equality were front-and-center during an in-depth conversation that brought expert panelists and an audience together to find ways to stand up against attacks on our community.Leading national and international experts on a range of topics — from LGBTQ aging and the heartbreaking challenges transgender elders face when dealing with family and care facilities — as well as members of the public, journalists, and clinicians (in total, about 100) gathered in Orange County for the most recent engagement of America’s longest-touring LGBTQ panel series, LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee.

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Levi Kreis has come a long way since his early days in Tennessee where he wanted to become a minister. Rooted in country music, Levi’s versatility as a musician, actor and an artist has taken him to the top of the charts, Broadway-including a Tony Award, movies, TV-including an appearance on The Apprentice and all over the world.

Modesty aside, how would you describe yourself?  
Let’s see. If Dolly Parton had Peter Allen’s first born son, that’s a good place to start (laughs).

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National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, June 27

June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are 6,711 individuals living with HIV disease in Orange County and by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, an additional estimated 941 residents who have HIV and don’t know it – some of whom will develop AIDS before realizing they are HIV-infected.

 

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Levi Kreis has come a long way since his early days in Tennessee where he wanted to become a Minister. Rooted in country music, Levi’s versatility as a musician, actor and an artist has taken him to the top of the charts, Broadway-including a Tony Award, movies, TV-including an appearance on The Apprentice and all over the world.

Modesty aside, how would you describe yourself?  

Let’s see.  If Dolly Parton had Peter Allen’s first born son, that’s a good place to start! LOL

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The Pulse is on the Red Carpet With Singer Songwriter Levi Kreis to talk about his involvement and performance at Radiant Health Centers #Stairway to the Stars Event in Orange County. The event was held at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point and raised over $750,000 to bring a comprehensive health center for the LGBTQ community in Orange County.

Levi Kreis is a country singer-songwriter and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet.

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When asked what we are most proud of, we think about our life’s greatest accomplishments: career, education or relationships. What I am most proud of is my ability to share my HIV story with others and being able to do so gives me a sense of confidence and pride. Just a decade ago, I recieved a positive diagnosis for HIV and at that moment it meant a death sentence. An inevitable and painful end, along with the stigma and fear of discrimination.

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Saddleback’s HIV&AIDS Initiative offers compassion, community, and real solutions for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. As one of our seven signature ministries, this outreach leads our members and local churches around the globe to play a key role in ending AIDS by caring for people affected by HIV. We demonstrate God’s love for the sick in practical ways including prevention, care, treatment, support, and advocacy.

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Orange County’s lone needle exchange program is seeking approval to reopen as a mobile unit, according to OC Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) board member and UC Irvine School of Medicine student Nathan Birnbaum. The proposed mobile unit would operate in one city per day on weekly rotation from 10am to 5pm in industrial areas of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Orange. Santa Ana shut down the program in January.Officials said once the California Department of Public Health certifies the mobile needle exchange program, it can begin again without needing approval from city governments.

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