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Saturday, July 8 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Act Up, Fight Back: The AIDS Crisis and the LGBTQ Movement

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In 1981, a new disease appeared, soon to be named AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). By 1992, AIDS had become the number one cause of death among US men ages 25-44. Although it was initially perceived and presented as a disease limited to gay men, HIV threatened everyone having unprotected sex, those using unsterilized needles, hemopheliacs, medical professionals, and others. In 1987, gay rights activist Cleve Jones created the first panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Outraged by government inaction on the AIDS crisis, playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer started ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in New York City in the same year, sparking a rise in LGBT activism from 1988 to 1992, to a level not seen since the early 1970s. ACT UP used direct action and civil disobedience to demand greater action on behalf of people with AIDS, and against government and private institutions that discriminated against people with AIDS. This talk will look at the history and politics of AIDS activism.


Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Hyde Park A