the AIDS activist project
That’s a lot of history. We fought hard for the progress we’ve made. One theme that runs through all of this is activism. We’ve made tremendous progress in LGBTQ Rights and the fight against AIDS.
I came of Activist Age in 1988 after my partner died of AIDS. Soon after his death, I went to an ACT UP meeting in NYC. I met some amazing people there, dedicated, smart, angry and effective. I saw how dedicated they were and how committed to their cause they were. I thought “People need to know…”
ACT UP was a grass roots group of activists who came together after the fiery 1987 call to action speech by Larry Kramer in New York. They were loud, they were impassioned, they were angry. And they were effective, they changed the course of AIDS history.
Out of my experience in ACT UP came “the AIDS activist project”, remembering and honoring the people who fought and changed the course of the AIDS crisis. The desperation felt in the ’80’s created the in-your-face activism and that brought us where we are today. AIDS activism changed things for the generations that have come since, who didn’t have to live through the nightmare of the AIDS Crisis.
History will remember this activism, and we will remember the ones we lost to AIDS, especially during Pride. They fought AIDS, but didn’t make it here with us to celebrate.
This project and the book were a long time in the making, over 30 years. In the AIDS activist project, I’m able to share the my experience and the people I met along the way.
In the book you will get to know the people, the activists who fought and made a difference in the book, Anne, Moises, Tom, Kate, Floyd, Mona, Tigger, and so may other amazing activists.
This book is dedicated to the power of activism. It is a powerful and compelling tribute, celebrating the spirit of the people who grace its pages. It is dedicated to the ones we lost along the way. Though they are no longer with us, their activism and spirit paved the way and lives on today.