USCA 2011
The National Minority AIDS Council hosted the 15th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) from November 10–13 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago, marking the first year the conference took place in the Midwest. The theme was “Make Change Real: Unite. Speak. Act.”

Speeches from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and outgoing White House Office of National AIDS Policy Director Jeff Crowley kicked off the conference. Thursday’s luncheon plenary featured a keynote address by David Furnish, chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (and John’s partner in real life).

In addition, CNN anchor Don Lemon hosted a panel discussion featuring Arizona State Senator Jack Jackson, former Project Runway contestant Mondo Guerra and Beibei Ye, the director of the Zhixing Guangzhou LGBT Center in China; the panel addressed gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM), USCA’s target population of the year.

An estimated 3,500 to 5,000 people attended the conference, making it the largest in USCA history.
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