Collin County-based C.U.R.E. — Community Unity Respect Education — marked World AIDS Day — Tuesday, Dec. 1 — with an event at Noah’s Event Venue in Richardson. Dr. Michael Gottlieb, one of the founders of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and the first doctor to associate symptoms a patient of his displayed with a low T-cell count, was the keynote speaker. James Nelson, operations and marketing manager of The Original Cupcakery and Miss Gay Texas State pageant founders Michael Champion and Bill Lindsey, pictured above, performing live, received Open Heart awards. AIDS Interfaith Network board chair Gregg Gunter received the Ryan G. Barrows Award for his contributions to agencies throughout the AIDS community. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 4, 2015.