Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Video - ACT UP and the AIDS Crisis

With Nancy Reagan's death and the controversy brought about via inaccurate comments about her "starting the conversation about AIDS" and the correction of those comments, a lot of bad memories were brought up about the AIDS crisis in the 80s.

Let's not forget how members of the community took on the crisis head on, even though a lot of folks misunderstood and attacked them for their methods. ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was a wonderful group whose loud and controversial protests brought attention to the crisis and the need to do something about it.

The following video is a 1990 episode of the Donahue talk show featuring ACT UP members Mark Harrington, Peter Staley, Ann Northrop, Robert Garcia and the legendary Larry Kramer. I am totally in awe of these folks:

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