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LEARN ABOUT THE PROJECT MAKING A SPLASH IN THE PHOENIX LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY.

OUR MISSION & VISION

We flood our Phoenix LGBTQ+ Community with the love, tools, and information needed to reduce the impact of HIV in each of our lives – regardless of status.

We’ll keep creating focused, long-lasting ripples of awareness throughout the community until each person has access to a cure.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

We’re a back-to-grass-roots project created for our LGBTQ+ community to address today’s HIV virus through impact-focused splashes of awareness, action, love, and celebrations of sexual expression.

RipplePHX’s Team moves throughout the streets each week to empower our friends to create their own ripple by becoming informed, sharing the knowledge, and embracing at least one tool in the greater movement toward sexual health in our community.

SOME OF OUR PROUDEST MOMENTS

2018
April 2018
Founding
RipplePHX Founded

After leaving Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Jeremy Bright and Jason Jones decided to develop a new HIV outreach project that would be truly back-to-grassroots and from/for their community.

May 2018
Program Launch
Ariel Launches

With the incredible support from Alphagraphics on University, Ariel launched as RipplePHX's first mobile outreach unit - able to roll through bars, festivals and more to bring tools and services to the community.

June 2018
501(c)(3) Status
RipplePHX Receives 501(c)(3) Status

RipplePHX receives 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS.

June 2018
Program Funding
RipplePHX Funded for 5 Year Grant!

RipplePHX was funded for it's first grant: a 5-Year Behavioral Intervention Grant from Arizona's Department of Health Services.

November 2018
Pageant
First Miss and Mister RipplePHX Pageant

RipplePHX holds the first Mister and Miss RipplePHX Pageant with Phoenix Pride to give two individuals in the community a year-long platform to make an impact around HIV and to qualify for Mister and Miss Phoenix Pride.

November 2018
Program Launch
Ariella Grande Launches!

"Ariella Grande" launches at Rainbows Festival and is RipplePHX's large, modular unit built for use at large festivals, street fairs and events.  Built by 11th Monk3y.

November 2018
Program Launch
Ripplettes make their debut!

RipplePHX debuts "The Ripplettes" to support and provide HIV outreach to local LGBTQ+ Sports Teams.

December 2018
Award
Best Cupcake!

Andy Castano's cupcakes were awarded Best Cupcake at the Imperial Court of Arizona's Holiday Bake-Off!

2019
January 2019
Award
Jason Jones named Leader of the Year

RipplePHX Co-Founder, Jason Jones was named Leader of the Year from ECHO Magazine.

January 2019
Program Launch
RipplePHX hosts first Carnival Event

As a way to bring the community together for a large-scale HIV Testing and Fundraising Event, RipplePHX creates and launches it's first Carnival Event at Stacy's @ Melrose.

March 2019
Award
3rd Place Chili!

RipplePHX won 3rd Place Chili for our entry in the Cactus City Softball League's Marla Hooch Chili Cook-Off.

March 2019
Award
1st Place Salsa

RipplePHX won 1st Place Salsa for our entry in the Cactus City Softball League's Marla Hooch Chili Cook-Off.

April 2019
Award
$25,000 AAHIVM Technology Award Winner!

RipplePHX's Ariel Outreach Units win the American Academy of HIV Medicine's Technology in Health Care Award.

April 2019
Program Launch
Pharmacy & Bookstore Program Launches!

RipplePHX begins placing "Don't Quit, Do It!" Kits in Pharmacies to promote medication adherence and "Now, Later and Oh Snap!" Kits in Adult Bookstores to promote prevention, PrEP and PEP.

April 2019
Award
Fantastic FUNdraisers

RipplePHX featured in ION Arizona Magazine for being "Fantastic FUNdraisers".

May 2019
Award
FooManitarian Award

RipplePHX were awarded the FooManitarian Award during the Imperial Court of Arizona's Coronation.

July 2019
Award
Kirk Baxter Community Spirit Award

RipplePHX received Phoenix Pride's Kirk Baxter Community Spirit Award!

October 2019
Award
Mexi-Mac wins Macdown!

RipplePHX's "Mexi-Mac" entry in the Imperial Court of Arizona's Macdown Contest snags a win!

October 2019
Program Launch
Dia de los Muertos added to Carnival Events!

A 2-day, Dia de los Muertos celebration is added to RipplePHX's annual Fall Carnival Events.

October 2019
Program Launch
Carny Takeover Program Started!

RipplePHX launches the Carny Takeover Program where other local organizations are invited to takeover our Carnival game tents to meet the community and also share in the Carnival proceeds.

December 2019
Award
3D Gingerbread Houses win Bake-Off!

RipplePHX's 3D Gingerbread House entry in the Imperial Court of Arizona's Holiday Baking Challenge snags a win!

2020
January 2020
Program Funding
RipplePHX Funded for 1 Year Grant!

RipplePHX was funded for a 1-Year, Educational Grant for it's "Lotería" Project through the National Library of Medicine.

February 2020
Program Launch
Lotería Launches at Stacy's @ Melrose!

RipplePHX and 8 Key Influencers from the Latinx Community kick-off their new weekly project: Lotería!  

March 2020
Program Update
COVID forces Lotería from Stacy's to Virtual Space

When Arizona's Governor put stay-at-home orders in place, RipplePHX's new Lotería project didn't miss a beat and moved from an in-person weekly event to an online virtual event where it would remain throughout the year.

May 2020
Program Launch
RippleBriefs Launches

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, RipplePHX launches a new program called "RippleBriefs" - a weekly mailing sign-up where people can receive HIV information, Condoms of the Week, Medication Adherence Tools, At-Home HIV Test Kits and more!

July 2020
Award
RipplePHX receives Award of Excellence

RipplePHX receives ArizonaDrag.com's Award of Excellence for our contribution to the success of Drag in Arizona.

October 2020
Program Launch
The Chariot Launches

The RipplePHX Team acquires an old transit bus from a nursing home, guts it and remodels it with the help of Spectrum Medical and Gilead Sciences.  The goal: to bring HIV testing services to people outside of Central Phoenix.

November 2020
Award
BJ Bud Community Spirit Award

RipplePHX received Phoenix Pride's BJ Bud Community Spirit Award during their virtual online award presentation.

OUR TEAM

JEREMY BRIGHT

Jeremy is the Co-Founder and Chief Ripple Maker of RipplePHX. While Jeremy has volunteered for HIV organizations since the late 90’s, his professional background is in retail marketing, advertising and product development. He made the move to work for an HIV nonprofit in 2014 after his new partner was diagnosed with HIV and they couldn’t find resources that felt like a good fit for them. They were also overwhelmed by the amount of stigma still surrounding HIV and he wanted to put effort into positively affecting stigma and access to resources in their community.

Contact Jeremy by:
Email:  jeremy@ripplephx.org
Phone/Text:  480.788.6735

AJ DOMINGUEZ

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, AJ is RipplePHX’s superstar Community Outreach Manager. AJ has an incredible “go-getter” spirit and is usually leading the charge with volunteers at outreach events and working with community partners. He has a huge passion for helping people struggling with homelessness and substance abuse while at-risk or living with HIV. You’ll often find AJ volunteering at local partner organizations in addition to his work with RipplePHX. He also organizes his own drive every year to hand out socks, clothes and food to Phoenix’s homeless community during the holidays. ​

Contact AJ by:
Email:  aj@ripplephx.org
Phone/Text:  623.210.5407

THE THINGS WE BELIEVE IN THE MOST

COMMUNITY

We believe in the power of Community! Together, we can bring the love, tools, and information needed into our Phoenix LGBTQ+ Community to reduce the impact of HIV in each of our lives. We’ll be asking you to join us in the conversation along the way while giving you the tools to take those conversations back to the people closest to you.

A BOLD SPIRIT

We’re polite, genuine, and enthusiastic – but you can expect our spirit will also be BOLD. We’ll take risks, make you to clutch your pearls, and ask you to join us in conversations that may make you double-take. We believe it takes courage, commitment, and innovation to drive change and lessen the impact and stigma of HIV – regardless of status.

IMPACT FOCUSED

We know gay & bi men account for the majority of HIV infections in Maricopa County and there’s very little data to indicate the impact of HIV among our transgender community – although we know our trans friends are also affected. By focusing our efforts with the people we know the best anyway, we can make the greatest impact on the virus in Phoenix.

BEING TRANSPARENT

We believe in being transparent along the way. We want our community to support us because they trust us to be committed to the mission and our community. You can see where money is being spent and what we’ve accomplished along the way so you can see the gifts in action, making an impact.

EMPOWERMENT

Someone once said “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” We’re committed to being at the forefront of tools and information related to HIV – helping you get started with the solutions that are the most realistic and obtainable for you that fit your sexual lifestyle.

SEXUAL EXPRESSION

We believe that healthy sexual expression involves both our bodies and our minds – free from guilt and shame. However you communicate and present yourself to the world as a sexual being, we embrace your sexual expression as an integral part of who you are – from mild to wild and everything (consensual) in-between.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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