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If you are on Google Maps tonight, don’t miss out on the giant Red Ribbon Stage at Vienna’s city hall square. (just kidding, you won’t actually…but you already knew that. :) )

Anyway…you won’t see it on Google Maps, but you’ll see the Red Ribbon stage during the two hour opening ceremony of this years, the 22nd, Life Ball. It’s an amazing event celebrating life (since 1993) and a cause bringing awereness towards HIV and Aids.

Gery Keszler founder and organizer of the Life Ball, the biggest charity event in Europe supporting people with HIV and Aids, is, as always working hard to make it an unforgettable night. This years theme „The Garden of Earthly Delights“ was trying to portray more tolerance towards each other, which lead to a campaign against the, now very famous, Life Ball Posters, showing transgender model Carmen Carrera. Right-wing politicians and strict catholics collected 18.000 signatures and sued Keszler and his organisation AIDS LIFE. But as always Keszler, who is known for his strong work ethic and determination, stayed strong. He even said that he didn’t care if the public would talk badly about the posters…just that they talked was good.

For us Austrians the Life Ball is like a holiday (at least for those liberal ones :) ). The gay community doubles in the days leading up to the event and somehow it seems everybody is talking about the „Ball of the Year“.

This year too is a very special one. I mean there are always amazing speakers and guests and the fashion shows are just incredibly gorgeous. But this year we also have a now famous Austrian guest: Conchita Wurst.

I don’t know if you heard of her yet, but if not…maybe you remember her when I tell you Conchita is a guy dressing as a girl with a beard. Ring a bell? Well, Conchita won, after years of terrible, terrible Austrian acts, this years Eurovision Songcontest…and since then Austria’s gotten a little crazy. A good crazy, because I love „The Wurst“, how they call her sometimes.

Why am I talking about all this? Well, I thought since this weekend is kind of big in a humanitarian kind of way, with special attention to HIV and Aids, I would recommend a very current film broaching the issue of this sickness: „Dallas Buyers Club“

Photo Credit: Anne Marie Fox / Focus Features
Photo Credit: Anne Marie Fox / Focus Features

You might remember this rather small-budget film getting attention because of the major cast (Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner) and the big win at the Oscars (3!!, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role & in a Supporting Role and Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling). To me the film represents much more than that. Not only did it show that even small movies have something to say, a message to share. No. It also showed how horrible and cruesome the affect of Aids has on a human being and his surroundings. It is an amazing portrayal of how some things like an illness can throw you out of the ring and how much strength it takes to stand up and get back in there. It also shows though, that sometimes you know what’s best for you, and you should let noone tell you otherwise.

With that being said, keep a box of tissues ready when you watch „Dallas Buyers Club“…and don’t watch it before an important date or something like that. I looked like I got beat up after…I was so moved by it.

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