Long Beach and West Hollywood will host candlelight vigils tonight for World AIDS Day.
The international event started December 1, 1988, to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died due to HIV/AIDS.
In Long Beach, people will gather at 6:30 at the Long Beach LGBTQ Center before walking in candlelight to the bluffs near Junipero Avenue and Ocean Boulevard where a temporary vigil will take place observing the 35 years that HIV/AIDS has impacted the community.
Participants can bring photos or mark a ribbon in memory of a loved one. Before the ceremony ends, people will have an opportunity to share names, memories, and tributes of loved ones.
West Hollywood’s candlelight vigil will start at 6 at the Matthew Shepard Human Rights Triangle, which is located at the corner of Santa Monica and Crescent Heights boulevards. Candles will be provided.
Marchers will pass by plaques on the West Hollywood Memorial Walk on Santa Monica Boulevard, which memorializes people who have died from HIV/AIDS.
The march will end at West Hollywood City Council Chambers inside the West Hollywood Library on San Vicente Boulevard.