Stand Against Hate

AHFter Hours Podcast

Jun 20 2022 • 19 mins

Stand Against Hate

Hear from passionate team members serving the DMV region on the force behind Stand Against Hate.


Barbara Chinn is the senior program manager for HIV testing, counseling, prevention, and community outreach. She’s worked at AHF for twelve years, and has served in a variety of other roles including Regional Director and program manager. - LinkedIn

Mike McVicker is the geography regional director for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. They have been with AHF for ten years. - LinkedIn


[5:31] - Standing Against Hate

What it means personally to each of our guests

For Barbara, standing against hate starts inward— as a person of color she’s experienced discrimination herself, and she now works with people to try to help them overcome the various challenges that come from hate. Meanwhile, Mike is energized by the way that the once-popular ‘No Nate’ slogan has evolved to become even more proactive. We’re not just saying ‘no’ to hate, we’re actively combatting it every chance we get.

[7:33] - Strategies for the LGBTQ Community

Going beyond PRIDE to activism

Barbara and Mike agree that being outspoken as an organization about the problems and discrimination facing the LGBTQ community is central to AHF’s mission— including influencing legislators to remove some of the barriers in place against the community. This is paired with local activism in communities impacted by HIV, from offering free testing to pharmaceutical services and more.

[14:44] - AHF & Public Health

Serving patients & fighting misconceptions

While AHF is sometimes presented as an ‘anti-PrEP’ organization, it’s actually one of the biggest fillers of PrEP prescriptions in the world. Meanwhile, local wellness programs serve as collaborative practices between pharmacies and public health, using pharmacists to offer clinical services to underserved patients.

[17:35] - Heading into PRIDE

Renewed energy and activism

Mike and Barbara speak about how this year’s PRIDE festival feels particularly poignant in the wake of discriminatory legislation such as the Don’t Say Gay bill. They’re both excited to  bring an edge of defiance to PRIDE festivities this year, and continue fighting for LGBTQ rights every year and every day.




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Lauren Hogan is the Associate Director of Communications for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and has been working in a series of roles with the Foundation since 2016. She’s passionate about increasing the public visibility of AIDS, the Foundation's critical work, and how everyday people can help join the fight to make cutting-edge medicine, treatment, and support available for anyone who needs it.


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