The Venue Peterborough 286 George Street North, Peterborough, Ontario K9J3H2
Receiving the news of an HIV diagnosis can be extremely difficult and very scary, and often causes a persons' world to change drastically if there is no support or understanding in their immediate environment. Additionally, the stigma of other's opinions, judgments, ignorance and lack of truthful information turns this internal disease into an external struggle. Without the support of others and organizations in the community, people often end up suffering further as they lose the things the things closest to them; their friends, family members, their jobs, their faith, and sadly sometimes even hope as the suicide rate amongst LGBTQ youth is commonly linked with an HIV Diagnosis.
Wrestling with Stigma is a dynamic non-for-profit event that is designed to bring greater awareness and knowledge to the HIV/AIDS crisis so that stigma is no longer something that holds the power to ruin families, jobs, relationships and even lives.
This event has been created to raise an enormous amount of money to help the local charities that are providing an incredibly important service to those who are experiencing the unfortunate impact from their Diagnosis. The proceeds raised will go to help local LGBTQ youth and their families and friends in the community affected by HIV, stigma and loss due to an HIV Diagnosis. This includes such important services as providing critical, accessible and up-to-date information on HIV, medical, medicinal, spiritual and natural treatment resources, sexual health, HIV & STD prevention and education. This is accomplished through the caring supportive workers who truly make a difference in the lives of those in the community. There are counsellors, youth programs, community events and specific emergency funding to help those who have suffered physically, emotionally or financially and have to rebuild their life in one or many ways.
Wrestling With Stigma is a delicious synergy of education and entertainment with the LGBTQ community and with the power of our professional wrestling partner SMASH! Wrestling--the top independent wrestling promotor in the country airing weekly on the Fight Network.
SMASH!STIGMA! will feature top local, Canadian and International wrestling personalities, live music performances, some comedy, and a variety of things that are meant to expand awareness, dispel myths and untruths, make light and offer education and amazing top-quality entertainment.
This will be first event in Peterborough of its kind, kicking off a type of event that brings us all together, creating a new realm of possibility for those living with HIV in the LGBTQ and every community.
All profits & proceeds from this event will support and benefit P.A.R.N. -The Peterborough AIDS Resource Network and their amazing work.
Wrestling With Stigma is also proud to represent the U=U campaign. Undetectable = Untransmittable is now proven and is an important part of the equation to reducing and removing the dated stigma from being HIV .