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AIDS: The First Five Years

Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts

Recently, artists have begun to examine the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York with a new lens. The Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Surv...

AIDS Activism Has Always Meant Caring Across Generations

Jim Eigo | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Jim Eigo

How bitterly ironic it would be if the first generation of HIV-positive seniors, a generation that, through unprecedented community effort, has managed to survive the plague, should in their last years fall victim to a system that is utterly unprepared to care for them.

What We Talk About When We Talk About AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

In med school, future physicians are trained to look for the prosaic horse -- not the exotic zebra -- when making diagnoses. So I've been told, variously, that I'm a migraineur, a hypochondriac, a schizophrenic. But I'm none of those: I'm a zebra.

"Do You Miss Me?" Asks Ed Koch as Friends and Foes Weigh His Legacy

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

I took this photo of a New York City subway stabbing, part of a wave of transit crimes that included Renee Katz, a flutist and student at the New York...

The Coming Epidemic: Is HIV Really What Killed Spencer Cox?

Andrew Miller | Posted 04.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Those of us who tackled the AIDS epidemic head-on are facing a new plague -- the one that likely killed Spencer Cox. As yet unnamed, it manifests in aimlessness, depression, broken relationships, substance abuse, unsafe sex and suicide.

Dharma Salon: How to Survive a Plague

Catherine Ingram | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts
Catherine Ingram

New York was Ground Zero in the 1980s for the activist AIDS movement known as ACT UP, and David France's wrenching documentary, How to Survive a Plague, captures that time as never before with footage he has gathered going 30 years back.

The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'The Devil' To His Face

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

After seeing Benedict's latest attacks a few weeks ago, calling gay marriage a "threat to the future of humanity," I thought of my upcoming 25th anniversary of calling him out and how it changed my life. Was it wrong to do? Immature? Unproductive? I don't think so.

Grief Is A Sword: A Eulogy For Spencer Cox

Peter Staley | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

This death hit us hard. We have grappled to make sense of it. Why did he stop his meds? What role did his struggle with crystal meth play? Was this a failure of community? Are there lessons we can learn? These aren't just nosy questions by idle bystanders.

Is $33,000 Too Much for a Life-Saving Drug?

Toshio Meronek | Posted 02.25.2013 | San Francisco
Toshio Meronek

People who have HIV/AIDS are able to live longer than ever before, but only if they can get their hands on the drugs. AIDS is still very much a crisis. ACT UP SF is calling for free meds for low-income people, more affordable meds for everyone, and more transparency.

Legendary AIDS Activist Dies At 44

AP | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- AIDS activist Spencer Cox, who helped form an organization to boost treatment research and recently appeared in a documentary about an AID...

A Portrait of Activism: How to Survive a Plague

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

It is impossible to watch David France's documentary, How to Survive a Plague, without considering the parallels of three decades ago to today's cultural and political landscape.

ReThink Interview: David France and Howard Gertler, Director and Producer Of How To Survive A Plague, Respectively

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Kim

The new documentary How to Survive a Plague follows the rise and accomplishments of ACT UP, a political advocacy group that formed spontaneously in 1987 out of frustration and anger that both state and federal governments had done so little to address the AIDS epidemic.

How AIDS Activists Turned Anger Into Action

Kathleen Massara | Posted 02.10.2013 | Arts
Kathleen Massara

I cried like a baby when I first saw David France's new documentary, "How To Survive A Plague." I couldn't help it. The tears came rolling down my ch...

Why I Think How to Survive a Plague Is Going to be Huge

Mark Allen | Posted 11.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Mark Allen

If anything comes out of How to Survive a Plague, I hope it's inspiration to younger generations. I'm sure the film will be popular enough. I urge everyone to see it.

Movie Review: How to Survive a Plague

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Both gripping and wrenching -- not to mention thrilling -- David France's documentary, How to Survive a Plague, recalls a slice of recent history that is in danger of being lost.

For Love and For Life: A Slice of LGBT History 25 Years Ago

Chana Wilson | Posted 11.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

As we wandered the raucous streets, filled with jubilant queers, I felt safe holding my partner Dana's hand in a way I rarely did, even in the Bay Area. To feel that way here in the nation's capital was exhilarating.

Let's Learn From HIV Activists How to Achieve Zero Tuberculosis Deaths

Salmaan Keshavjee | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
Salmaan Keshavjee

As someone who has been fighting another deadly scourge, tuberculosis (TB), for more than 15 years, I find myself wondering: what can we learn from HIV activists?

Michelangelo Signorile

Producer Of New Film Discusses Chronicling ACT UP's History

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.13.2012 | Gay Voices

“One ambition [of the film] is to put ACT UP, and AIDS activism in general, squarely in the mainstream of U.S. history, where it belongs.” said Ji...

Vito Russo's 'Why We Fight': Revisiting The Explosive 1988 AIDS Speech

Jeffrey Schwarz | Posted 09.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Schwarz

"Why We Fight" was a fiery 1988 speech given before a tumultuous crowd of angry ACT UP demonstrators at the New York State Capitol in Albany. Today, July 11, on what would have been Vito's 66th birthday, we present "Why We Fight" in its entirety.

The Year Queers Fought The De-Politicization Of Pride

Toshio Meronek | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Toshio Meronek

San Francisco Pride 2012 had its wasted revelry, long Porta-Potty lines, and enough boys and girls to fill Civic Center a couple of times over -- all things we've come to expect and love from the celebration. What was different was the amount of radical activism coinciding with the festivities.

Claire Gordon

Act Up's 25th Anniversary: What Is AIDS Activism Now?

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Gordon | Posted 04.27.2012 | Gay Voices

The group widely known simply as Act Up, rather by than its more formal name AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, celebrated its 25th anniversary in New Y...

ACT UP Activists Arrested At OWS Protests In New York

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 06.25.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK — Longtime AIDS activists who have chanted in the streets for a quarter century joined supporters of the much newer Occupy Wall Street ...

Making 'United In Anger: A History Of ACT UP'

Jim Hubbard | Posted 06.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Jim Hubbard

I began intensely editing United in Anger about three years ago and finished it at the end of 2011. What I have tried to convey is the urgency of people who, battling a deadly epidemic that threatened their lives, culture, and community, chose to fight back and remake the world.

Mount (Larry) Kramer Rumbles: ACT UP Achieved Heroic Feats, But They Weren't The Only AIDS Heroes

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.06.2012 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

In more than 25 years of reporting on AIDS, I have been honored to know many heroes of the AIDS epidemic. Not all of them have been as visible or vocal as Kramer and ACT UP, but the contributions they made, the prices they paid, the risks they took were just as real.

Happy Birthday, ACT UP, Wherever You Are

Larry Kramer | Posted 05.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Larry Kramer

It's difficult to be grateful when the AIDS plague is worse than ever all over the world and the two organizations I helped found to stop it are, if not no more, then in such pathetic shape as to almost be no more.