APAIT is proud to announce the return of our transgender advocacy pageant, QUEST!
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time: Doors will open at 6:00pm
Venue: David Henry Hwang Theatre; 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
What is QUEST?
QUEST is designed to encourage the empowerment of the often marginalized transgender community. The event aims to decrease rates of high-risk behaviors in the community, including those contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS infection. QUEST celebrates uniqueness and diversity, while supporting the transgender community. Previous winners have gone on to become leading advocates for the rights of transgender individuals.
Why is QUEST Important?
HIV/AIDS rates among transgender women are among the highest in the U.S. According to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the HIV-positivity rate for transgender women is 5.4%; compared to a 1.2% positivity rate for men, and a 0.2% positivity rate for women [DHSP, August 2014].
The extreme discrimination and stigma that transgender women face creates a social context that places them at risk for HIV infection. This includes loss of employment and poverty, being denied medical and other services, and being victimized by violence and abuse. A pageant format provides a culturally appropriate and appealing venue in which to educate and empower the community.
What are the Goals of QUEST?
Through QUEST, we seek to empower transgender men and women with information on HIV transmission and prevention. Additionally, we honor and recognize positive role models who advocate for and support the transgender community. QUEST creates a sense of community to counteract the stigma that leads to low self-esteem and high-risk behaviors among transgender men and women.
Buy your tickets for QUEST 2016 today!
Click here to check out our article coverage of QUEST 2012 or the full video of QUEST 2012 below:
How can I apply to be a part of QUEST 2016?
All interested applicants must submit the following by October 30, 2015 for committee review. A submitted application does not guarantee a place in the event. Please follow all directions on the application form.
1. Complete the Application Form: Quest 2016 – Candidate Application – Due 10.30.2015
2. Sign the Consent and Release Form (see page 5); and Rules and Regulations Form (see page 6).
3. Send the following with the application form:
- CANDIDATE ESSAY
On one page, answer one of the following two statements: (see page 4)
1) Write about a personal accomplishment in your life that has affected you as a transgender person.
2) Describe how you been of service to the transgender community.
- APPLICATION FEE ($100)
Application fee will be waived for current and former clients of APAIT’s programs. Check and money orders, payable to APAIT/SSG, are accepted forms of payment. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Credit card payments may be made by clicking the BUY TICKETS button at www.apaitonline.org/quest-2016.
Please submit one color photo, no smaller than 4”x 6”. Head shot or half body are both acceptable. Photo must be clear. Filtered or altered photographs are not acceptable.
Photograph will be used for the application review process, preliminary judging, and print/video materials related to the event.
A copy of the photograph may also be e-mailed to Destin Cortez, email@example.com. E-mailed photos must be at least 300dpi resolution.
NOTE: All photographs submitted become the property of APAIT and will not be returned. Remember, photos must be clear and not smaller than 4”x6”.
All letters, forms, payment, and photograph should be postmarked no later than October 30, 2015 and mailed to:
Attn: QUEST Candidate Coordinator
1730 West Olympic Blvd. Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Application forms and personal statements may be sent by fax to (213) 553-1833 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.