Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Persephone as Clean air at the NAP Fashion Condom Show

Persephone, Ricky Sheridan during the day, is this year’s Smokeless Diva.  Eddiy Hilliard, Dustin Moorehead, and Ariss Mendoza who all co-designed her dress helped Persephone  reach the runway at this year’s Nebraska Aids Project Fashion Condom Show. At the start of the year, University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities (UNMC CRHD) and Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) start looking for community volunteers and sponsorship.  By June, volunteers successfully put together a dress that assists with HIV/AIDS prevention, additionally we tie in tobacco… Continue Reading

Tygra Says Goodbye and Welcomes Smokeless Diva 2014

Smokeless Diva is here to stay.  The title has made it into her second year.  We saw an amazing performer and advocate come make her mark, and now go into the abyss that is the retirement of normal non-draghood.   No, but really if you have Tygra tell it, she’ll tell you that she is welcoming the break.  But if you ask me, I would say she itches to come back whenever she is needed and that’s what she did this past week. When our new… Continue Reading

One Man’s Perspective: His Love and Hate for Tobacco

Eddiy Hilliard came to me as a volunteer designer during the Nebraska Aids Project (NAP) Fashion Condom Show.  I had a newly crowned Smokeless Diva and a desire to flaunt her in all her elegance on the NAP runway.  Eddiy readily agreed to be a designer when a mutual friend recommended him. He was direct from the start, “I am a smoker”, he said, “ but I want to help because I think it’s important for people to know that it’s not good for you… Continue Reading