By George T. Nicola, GLAPN

Portland’s iconic Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) has won the prestigious 2016 Light A Fire (LAF) Award, which is given by Portland Monthly Magazine.

The magazine states “Light A Fire is Portland Monthly’s annual showcase of local individuals and organizations making Portland a better place to live, love, give, and grow.” CAP won the award for the category “Keeping Us Healthy.”

Portland Monthly’s award narrative stated that CAP was founded in 1983 “when AIDS was still a death sentence. Three decades later, CAP has blossomed into a 60-staffer juggernaut that serves more than 400 people each month—from providing HIV testing to housing and job placement, as well inspiring AIDS groups nationwide with its holistic thinking. Now, armed with studies that show that sexual minorities suffer from major health disparities beyond HIV, CAP has expanded its mission to improve LGBTQ health in general, while reminding Oregonians that HIV is still a real and serious threat.”

The article also highlights CAP’s new LGBTQ-focused, 8,467- square-foot health center scheduled to open early next year. The center aims to create a “safe, affirming, non-judgmental” space for LGBTQ Portlanders, who can feel alienated by hospitals and doctors.

“As the epidemic has evolved, so has the organization,” says CAP’s Executive Director Tyler TerMeer. “We’re a role model for transformation.”

You can read the whole article here.

Thank you, Portland Monthly, for recognizing an organization that has done so much for our community.

 

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