2 Chainz uses Trap House Pop Up Shop to Uplift the Community
By: Ariel Wodarcyk
2 Chainz isn’t only using his ATL-based Pink Trap house to promote his new album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.
On July 4, he transformed the pink tourist attraction/art gallery into something much more--a free STD testing center. With the help of the Fulton County Board of Health, Test Atlanta, and Atlanta Aids, The Trap House became the Trap Clinic, offering free STD testing from 11 am to 3:30 pm.
Atlanta has some of the highest STD rates in the country, with an HIV/AIDS rate rivaling that of many underdeveloped countries. The Pink Trap House is already the go-to spot for Atlanta natives (and tourists), many of whom are young and may not have the means or access to STD testing at other reproductive healthcare clinics. Young black gay and bisexual men lead with the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the Atlanta area, yet because of the systemic oppression these men (and all other LGBTQ+ people of color) face, paying for STD testing or learning about STDs at a reproductive healthcare clinic may not be possible. The Trap Clinic offered not only free STD testing, but educational tools, games, and giveaways, all of which contributed to a fun, safe environment for Atlanta youth to know their status.
Before the Trap House became the Trap Clinic, it was the Trap Church, where services were held this past Sunday. Like the Trap Clinic, the Trap Church sought to bring light to underlying issues many of Atlanta’s neighborhoods face. "We can't listen to the music without really addressing the systemic issues and the systematic oppression that causes the trap to even exist," Pastor Michael Wortham said to Fox 5 Atlanta. “So that's the reason we pulled together 'Trap Church' is really to talk about the other side of the trap, to talk about how we as a community have a responsibility to come together and help our brothers and sisters who are facing these tough situations."
A spokesperson for 2 Chainz told Fox 5 Atlanta the house is only rented through today, July 6, but that its success may lead to an extended lease. In fact, the local organizations who helped plan the Trap Church are already looking into more ways to give back, such as a back-to-school event offering free school supplies for local students.
We love the positivity, 2 Chainz!