By EduardoMorales, Ph.D.
This year the company Tiny B Chocolates launched rainbow colored Brigadeiros, a Brazilian style chocolate truffle. Based in South San Francisco Tiny B Chocolates offers an array of different chocolate treats. The bite size Brigadeiros are rich in flavor which are more like chocolate truffles than regular chocolates. The special recipe heightens the chocolate intensity without the bitterness of dark chocolate or the sweetness of extra sugar. Each are hand dipped in the tradition of Brazilian Brigadeiros. These are made with local natural ingredients and is always gluten free. This year the owner launched rainbow colored Brigadeiros in different flavors to honor of the celebration of Pride month. To my knowledge this is the only company that specializes in these Brazilian treats. They are made fresh to order with two-day guaranteed delivery anywhere in the continental U.S.
A fund raiser called Bedtime Confessions for AGUILAS was held on June 4 from 4PM to 7PM at the Midnight Sun by the Majestic Court of Light, Love, and Laughter, Princess Royale Rosa de Los Gallos, Royal Crown Princess Sue Trowtower in conjunction with the Grand Ducal Council of San Francisco. Throughout that late afternoon Tiny B Chocolates introduced their new Rainbow confections along with huge, delicious cookies with their participation in fundraising for AGUILAS. The afternoon featured numerous entertainers in a backed and well attended event. It was a late afternoon filled with entertainment, exciting raffle prizes and much more.
A campaign to launch the new rainbow Brigadeiros was executed with some of the proceeds going to AGUILAS. Tiny B Chocolates offers an array of events for team building, in-office events, business gifts, chocolate making, and party get togethers. More information about this company can be found on their website www.tinybcocolates.com. The company was formed by the owners Renata and Andrei making these exceptional treats available to those throughout the U.S. and for the first time ever in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company is in South San Francisco.
AGUILAS has been invited by the Pride Committee to march in the S. F. Pride Parade along with the resistance contingent of the parade. This group is the third of many groups to march in the parade. Being up front this year is to provide the visibility and importance of AGUILAS whose HIV/AIDS funding grants from SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the CA Office of AIDS ends on June 30, 2023. There is a public comment hearing by the S.F. Board of Supervisors at 10:00AM in City Hall regarding the S.F. Budget. All are welcomed to join and lend support to have SFDPH continue funding the HIV/AIDS services at AGUILAS. AS you may know AGUILAS is the only agency in San Francisco that offers all its services in English, Spanish and Portuguese. For over 29 years AGUILAS has been instrumental in providing HIV/AIDS services to Latinx LGBTQ+ persons.
Historically, AGUILAS is the only and oldest free standing Latinx LGBTQ+ organization in all of the Americas. Some important contributions besides providing HIV/AIDS services include organizing the candlelight march for the killing of transgender Gwen Araujo in 2002. Additionally, AGUILAS is the only Latinx agency that raised over $30,000 to build and construct the new SF LGBT Center. When the SF Board of Supervisors set aside funding for creating a SF Pulse Memorial, AGUILAS was the only agency who voluntarily stepped up and took the lead for over five years to make sure the process for designing the memorial, constructing the memorial, and identify the location for the installation. Now SF has its Pulse Memorial located on the second floor of the SF LGBT Center. AGUILAS assisted in the formation of the cannabis club called Purple Star located 2520 Mission St that provides AGUILAS, SF LGBT Center, Shanti Project, and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund with shared profits since its formation in 2013. AGUILAS is active in informing the community about COVID-19, Monkey Pox (MPX) where in San Francisco 27.8% of the cases are among Latinx mostly men who have sex with men. Its advocacy efforts include raising the awareness of Latinx LGBTQ+ needs to our elected officials, funding agencies, and providers of human services.
For every dollar the SFDPH provided AGUILAS in the past three years, AGUILAS was able to match dollar for dollar by acquiring funding from other external sources. Given the increasing anti-LGBTQ+ legislations AGUILAS is a resource critical for the Latinx LGBTQ+ community. More information about AGUILAS can be found on its website www.sfaguilas.org.