National HIV Testing Day Event - 6/25 - Callen-Lorde

National HIV Testing Day Event – 6/25

This Pride, level up your self-love by checking your status.

Join us in Union Square (at the corner of E 17th street and Union Square W) on Tuesday, June 25th from 3 – 6:30pm in celebration of National HIV Testing Day. Powered by Callen-Lorde and sponsored by Gilead, our event this year will feature DJ sets by Bright Light Bright Light, a performance from our host Brita Filter, and more, for all ages.

Come get tested, get informed, and celebrate Pride with Callen-Lorde!

Performer Bios

Click each section to read more about our DJ Bright Light Bright Light and host Brita Filter!

Bright Light Bright Light

Bright Light Bright Light is Wales-born artist, producer, composer and DJ, currently based in NYC. He  is known for notably being the first – and to date, only – unsigned artist to perform on Graham Norton’s BBC One TV show, for opening for Cher on her world tour, for regular tea dance events around NYC, and for a slew of colorful and infectious pop collaborations, production credits, and/or touring slots alongside Elton John, Jake Shears, Andy Bell, Ellie Goulding, Sam Sparro, Jujubee, Initial Talk, and many more. Over the years his music has been heralded by the likes of Billboard, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Paper Magazine, USA Today, The Line of Best Fit, The Guardian and more. On TikTok and Instagram, his mashups have won him a legion of fans, where his encyclopedic musical brain weaves songs of all genres in and out of each other. 

Brita Filter

Brita Filter is a world-renowned drag entertainer and political activist who uses her art and activism of drag to engage people in the political process. 

After the 2016 election, Brita began using her platform to raise awareness about issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. During this time she worked closely with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation & Impulse Group International, the largest HIV/Wellness nonprofit dedicated to building a stronger and healthier community for gay men. She helped curate extravagant events for them in London, Orlando, and NYC which created a safe space to bring community together and educate them on safe sexual health practices. Impulse Group NYC awarded her Impulse Queen of the Year for 3 consecutive years.  

She made headlines at the 2019 Women’s March in Washington DC when she stood up against anti-LGBTQ protestors, inspiring her award-winning 2020 podcast “You Brita Vote” where she dived into all things political with state representatives, activists, political organization leaders, and everyone in between to remind us all that no matter local or national election, You Brita Vote! 

She became the National Co-Chair of Drag Out the Vote moderating important panels & conversations with corporate and community leaders, hosting virtual text banks in drag all over the country entertaining the masses as they registered voters over the phone for this she was honored with the World of Wonder Wowie Award 3 years as “Registrar of the Year.”  

In 2022, she was honored with the “Marsha P. Johnson Award” for her LGBTQ+ activism nationwide and was personally invited to the White House twice this year by President Biden for the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act and represented all drag queens in the country at the White House’s Pride 2023 celebration.  

Brita has a reputation for her dynamic stage presence and bold, unapologetic performances. She’s won 9 NYC nightlife Glam awards including “Entertainer of the Year” and 3 consecutive years as “Best Host.” She is known as the go-to queen hosting numberous LGBTQ+ non profit gala and fundraisers across the country throughout the year, but when home in NYC, she continues to perform her long running shows every weekend at her local bars, Pieces & Hardware.   

In addition to the stage, Brita also made a name for herself in television and film, appearing in several popular shows, including SNL, Broad City, and The Daily Show. She starred in Fusion TV’s reality series Shade: Queens of NYC, documenting her life as a performer in New York City, but rose to international notoriety after competing on season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race as the first Polynesian queen.  

She made history last year as the first drag queen speaker alongside VP Kamala Harris, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, HRC President Kelley Robinson at the Annual DNC LGBTQ+ Gala. She continues to use her platform daily to educate people about politics and overall  health and wellness through creative campaigns and elaborate performances.