Through his historical research, Dan Royles has found a vibrant legacy of black AIDS activism going back to the beginning of the epidemic.
"Women are dying in here, and we need some advocacy and support," AIDS activist Joann Walker wrote from prison decades ago. 'Metanoia' features Walker, her contemporaries, and currently active women of color AIDS advocates.
When Rent opened on Broadway in 1996, it was a radical push against the stigma of living with HIV. But can the upcoming live televised production on Fox go beyond shallow sentimentality?
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"George Herbert Walker Bush was about to start formally running for a second presidential term," writes JD Davids. "From across the northeastern United States, ACT UP members were traveling to Kennebunkport, Maine, a stereotypically quaint village wh...
"We must consider what AIDS meant to people in the 1980s and 1990s, and what HIV still means today," João Florêncio writes.
At a recent New York event, ACT UP NY's founding Latino Caucus members recalled a time when community members took the epidemic into their own hands.
"Seeing a picture of the Reagans in 2016, I am reminded what a terrible time that was for so many of us," Ebert writes. " Nancy Reagan, in her blood red dresses, was the embodiment of a new ruling class of conservative thought."
South Florida is the location of the World AIDS Museum, which looks at the history of the epidemic from its earliest days until now. It is the first museum dedicated to HIV/AIDS.