D10P - How ACT UP Changed America

12:00 - 1:00 PM

ZOOM ROOM:  https://sinclair.zoom.us/j/83900679257?pwd=cVFVaXlVOGdEQWpPbitPeG9PTzRrQT09
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PREREQUISITE: Please read this article before attending the discussion: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/14/how-act-up-changed-america

"Most importantly, the epidemic was only news when it was not killing homosexuals. In this sense, AIDS remained a fundamentally gay disease, newsworthy only by the virtue of the fact that it sometimes hit people who weren't gay..."
-Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

By the time ACT up was formed in 1987, a reported 24,559 deaths from AID’s had occurred. By the end of the year, 50,378 cases of AIDS would be reported to date and deaths would increase to 40,849. In a time when HIV and AID’s were largely seen as a disease only affecting gay men, and little was done in response, the international grassroots organization, AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), took a stance and worked to ends the AID’s pandemic through a powerful combination of activism, education, and research.

Join us for engaging discussion about the AIDS epidemic, ACT UP, and the power in taking a united stand as we honor World AIDS Day.

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