Articles tagged with: ACT UP

Profile: your nostalgia Is killing me

published: July, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Activist Ian Bradley-Perrin on how romanticizing the past can obscure the present. Interview by Sarah Liss for CATIE's Positive Side.

Profile: your nostalgia Is killing me

Your Nostalgia Is Killing Me, 2013. Vincent Chevalier with Ian Bradley-Perrin for AIDS ACTION NOW! / PosterVIRUS About five years ago, pop culture saw a flood of what can only be described as AIDS nostalgia. The catalyst wasn’t immediately apparent. Was it generational curiosity? Retro fetishism? Had enough time passed to transform the real trauma of the deadly ignorance, stigma, inaction and grief of the 1980s and early ’90s into, well, entertainment—or at least something more suited

Trump as AIDS: How To Survive A Plague.

published: January, 10, 2017 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin shares a blueprint for surviving HIV and Donald J. Trump's opportunistic infection of public office

Trump as AIDS: How To Survive A Plague.

Bouldin sees Trump as an opportunistic infection of the US political system Last week, I went to a reading and book signing at Manhattan’s Roosevelt House, a townhouse on the Upper East Side that today belongs to the City University of New York but was once the Manhattan residence of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  The reading was of How To Survive A Plague, the monograph about the AIDS crisis authored by David France, who also directed the Oscar-nominated documentary of the same name.

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

published: December, 13, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"I spent most of my time reading Christodora in a reverie, spellbound by its intimacy and its characters," says Mark S. King.

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy (below right) harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows his terrain. The book’s namesake is a century-old apartment building in New York City’s East Village, silently weathering the indignities of t

Finding ACT UP – Part Two – Rage

published: February, 05, 2014 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Bouldin

In a stinging indictment of America’s response to the out of control epidemic in gay men, Michael Bouldin says “We no longer fight AIDS. What we do instead is curate it.” That he says is “why Planet Gay needs aggressive street-fighters like ACT UP"

Finding ACT UP – Part Two – Rage

Finding ACT UP – Part Two – Rage [Read Part One here. Full disclosure: The author is a member of ACT UP New York, therefore possibly not entirely devoid of bias. This piece expressly does not carry the sanction of ACT UP, nor has it been reviewed or approved by, or speak for, any agency thereof. All weaknesses and errors, and there are many, are the author’s.] If the gay community – or for that matter the more variegated HIV/AIDS community – were entirely honest with itself, we w

Finding ACT UP: a journey – part one

published: October, 16, 2013 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin decided to connect up with ACT UP to write a piece about them. In the first of a two-part story he tells what he found.

Finding ACT UP: a journey – part one

 “I don’t get it”, I thought. “Why are these people so angry and distrustful? Is that little dog as mean as it looks? What have I done?”  These were some random thoughts going through my head the evening I first attended a meeting of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power; the setting a warm, dusty room in the West Village, harsh lighting, folding chairs, worlds away from the glittering canyons of Midtown or my familiar hipster haunts of Williamsburg. The same room you may kn

Movie review: How to Survive a Plague

published: November, 02, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews the documentary movie that tells the story of how AIDS was turned from a death sentence into a chronic, manageable condition.

Movie review: How to Survive a Plague

As PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch recently pointed out,  it’s difficult for anyone who didn’t live through the first decade of AIDS to truly grasp the horror of those dark times, when the gay community, so quickly following on the heady days of “gay liberation”, was decimated by HIV.   But by remarkable good fortune, those early “plague years” also saw the emergence of the video camcorder. So it was that the mobilization of the gay community in the face of death was recor

Vito - our hero

published: July, 23, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews the documentary film Vito, about the life and legacy of pioneering and charismatic LGBT and AIDS activist and author Vito Russo.

Vito - our hero

The past year has seen the release of a number of remarkable HIV-related documentaries. They include How to Survive a Plague, which guest author Jim Swimm commented on in our pages, and another telling of the story of AIDS activism in the 1980s, United in Anger, A history of ACT UP. Both of these docs were screened at the Toronto LGBT film festival earlier this year, as was Positive Youth, the Canadian-made movie that I reviewed here. More recently released was another Canadian doc, Voice

We all just stopped talking about it

published: February, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer Jim Swimm from New York City attends a panel discussion about the early years of the AIDS epidemic and hears some survivors of those days say that they’ve “just stopped talking about it”. But Jim hasn’t and he’s upset.

We all just stopped talking about it

I recently attended a screening of scenes from How to Survive a Plague, a documentary about the people on the front lines in the fight against AIDS in the early years of the epidemic, namely the members/founders of ACT UP. Along with the film's screening, there was a panel discussion of not only the film but the subject matter -- the state of HIV/AIDS activism, both then and now. There were people on the panel and in the audience who are featured in the film. It was an exceptionally interest

LEARNING TACTICS AND STRATEGIES WITH ACT UP

published: June, 14, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Health, Events

The conversation will focus on how ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was effective in forcing governments and societies to change their views and responses to AIDS, and what contemporary activists can learn from this experience about how to be

LEARNING TACTICS AND STRATEGIES WITH ACT UP

23 June · 21:00 - 23:00 Location Bell Lightbox Theatre 350 King Street West Toronto, ON AN EVENING WITH ACCLAIMED LESBIAN NOVELIST, PLAYWRIGHT, AND ACTIVIST SARAH SCHULMAN IN CONVERSATION WITH NOW MAGAZINE'S BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR, SUSAN G. COLE. Sarah Schulman, is co-founder of the Lesbian Avengers, the organizers of the first Dyke March, and of MIX NYC, New York's Queer Experimental Film Festival. A member of ACT UP and a principal historian of the AIDS movement, she is also an accl