Billy Porter and M.J. Rodriguez, who star in the FX drama series “Pose,” will be special guest speakers at CAN Community Health’s Inaugural Red Ribbon Gala on March 16 at the Ritz-Carlton.

CAN Community Health's Inaugural Red Ribbon Gala
CAN Community Health's Inaugural Red Ribbon Gala

Along with appearing in “Pose,” which has a large cast of transgender actors, Porter and Rodriguez have appeared in hit shows like “Rent,” “Kinky Boots” and “American Horror Story.”

“It is an honor to have such incredible role models like Billy and MJ advocating for the LGBT community and the end of HIV stigma,” said Rogelio Capote, chief advancement officer, CAN Community Health. “We are deeply committed to creating a community where all people living with HIV have equal opportunities for healthy living.”

Proceeds from the Red Ribbon Gala will support CAN Community Health’s continuum of medical, social and education services essential to the health and well-being of those living with HIV, hepatitis C, sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses, said Capote. “We also focus on building awareness of these often forgotten members of our community.”

The slogan for the Red Ribbon Gala, “Reshaping the FACE of HIV,” demonstrates the spirit of this event, added Capote. “CAN’s programs strengthen empowerment, provide education, enhance inclusion and create hope by offering integrated resources and advocating for the end of HIV stigma,” he said.

Gala sponsorships are available from $30,000 to $2,500. Individual tickets are $450. Visit or contact the Advancement Office at (844) 922-2777, dial 0, request Advancement Department or email

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