Compass Points: Smart Ride, Transgender Day Of Remembrance & World AIDS Day

(Compass Points) The SMART Ride, a two-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West, raises funds for seven AIDS service organizations across Florida, including Compass. An energized team of Compass staff members and dedicated volunteers are heading south to join hundreds of other volunteer crews and riders taking part in the ride from November 16-17.

We are grateful to the amazing cycling teams from Palm Beach County for their tireless fundraising efforts on behalf of Compass, and their dedication to the ride. Compass’ own Julie Seaver will be riding! There’s still time to support a rider, a team or a crew member at

On Tuesday Nov. 13, LGBTQ author Kelly Madrone will be at The Book Cellar on Lake Ave for a book signing/talk about the new edition of her book “LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens.” The book has received rave reviews, and is described by many as a book they wish they’d had when they were in high school! The next night, Wednesday Nov. 14, Kelly will be at Compass for a community discussion with our youth group about owning your story. Both events are free and open to the public. We hope you’ll attend one - or both. You can register for Wednesday night’s event at

On Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., Compass will hold our annual memorial service to recognize the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we remember those members of the trans community who were killed over the past year. Transgender people, especially transgender women of color, are the victims of deadly violence disproportionately more than other groups, and as we honor their memories, we dedicate ourselves to helping make the world a safer place for all who are transgender. This event is also open to the public.

Dec. 1 marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, an internationally recognized day to remember those who have died of AIDS, reaffirm our support of people living with AIDS, and recommit ourselves to eradicating the disease.

For over a decade, Compass has marked this day by presenting South Florida’s largest display of panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and this year is no different. Lake Worth’s mayor will be in attendance to read the city’s moving World AIDS Day proclamation. There will be inspiring words from survivors of the disease, musical performances, and of course the public opening of Compass’ quilt display, which will be up for two weeks. The event takes place from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 1.

All are welcome to join us at the Dec. 1 World AIDS Day event and the full two weeks’ worth of events following this opening night gathering. More details at

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