Wednesday 1 December


From 3:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo / Via Ostuni 8

Free Event


Wednesday 1 December


From 3:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo / Via Ostuni 8

Free Event

International Conference
World AIDS Day

The international conference will be held on December 1 for World AIDS Day. 

It will be an event in which Italian and international guests will attempt to reflect on and fight the stigma that is still associated with HIV.

In collaboration with Circolo Mario Mieli

Facilitator: Chiara Becchimanzi
Panel coordinator: Silvia Demofonti
Italian/English interpreter: Eva Gilmore
A special thanks to Stefano Mastropaolo from Circolo Mario Mieli


HoliDolores – Artistic director of the DRAG ME UP festival

Italian Drag queen, director and actress, HoliDolores has been working in the world of performing art since the early 2000s.

Karma B. – Artistic directors of the DRAG ME UP festival

Drag queen duo who, since their debut, has been performing in the most renowned clubs of Europe, with performances ranging from cinema to musicals to TV.

Mario Colamarino – President of Circolo Mario Mieli

Mario Colamarino is a lawyer, an entrepreneur and a LGBTQIA+ activist. President of Circolo Mario Mieli from 2015 to 2017, he has returned to office since November 2021.

Andrea Pini 

Activist, writer and teacher, Andrea Pini is one of the founders of Circolo Mario Mieli. He is currently on the board of directors of Agapanto APS which deals with LGBTQ+ senior citizens.

Doc. Amalia Bove

Clinical psychologist – legal psychologist – psychotherapist – Expert in psychodiagnosis – CTU at the court of Civitavecchia. Doc. Bove works private and collaborates with associations as a consultant in the field of psychological health of people with HIV and in the implementation of psychosocial research projects.

Adam Odsess Rubin and Douglas Sebamala – National Queer Theater / Criminal Queerness Festival

The National Queer Theater is a New York City nonprofit organization. A theater collective dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ artists and hosting playwrights and activists.

Donja R Love – Write It Out! / National Queer Theater

Donja R Love is an American playwright. He identifies himself as an HIV-positive Afro-queer playwright and director. For the National Queer Theater, he curates the Write It Out! workshop.

Timothy Hampton – SF LGBT Center

The SF LGBT Center was founded in 2002 in San Francisco with the aim of providing the LGBT community with opportunities, resources and occasions for socialization.

Michael Barret Jones – Stonewall Community Foundation

Stonewall Community Foundation is primarily engaged in fundraising and philanthropy activities for the support of the LGBTQ community. It finances over 200 non-profit organizations a year, in more than 30 thematic areas.

Link to the detailed program of the event – Download here!