MEMORIESCREATED INPANELSTens of thousands of coffin-sized panelsmake up the 12’ x 12’ blocks of The Quilt.Cleve Jones made the first panel of TheQuilt, for his close friend Marvin Feldman.
MEMORIESCREATED INPANELSThe Quilt, on display at the mall inWashington, D.C. Its massive size makesits message hard to ignore, which wassomething Cleve Jones intended.
MEMORIESCREATED INPANELSA Center Square is present at everyviewing of The Quilt, for patrons to writedown any thoughts, feelings, or messagesthey may have.
MEMORIESCREATED INPANELSLetters accompanied many of the panelsthat were sent in. This person includedtheir message in the panel itself.
MEMORIESCREATED INPANELS raisedAwareness was when celebritieslike Rock Hudson were honored withpanels for The Quilt
MEMORIESCREATED INPANELS will take multiple panelsThe NAMES Projectfor one person. Pedro Zamora, who gainedrecognition for coming out as HIV+ on MTV’sThe Real World, has 21 panels.
MEMORIESCREATED INPANELSSome quilts lacked last names or anyname at all. Some victims didn’t want theirfamilies to know they’d died of AIDS oreven that they were gay, and there werefamily members who didn’t want others toknow they’d had a loved one who died ofAIDS.
THE QUILTAS INSPIRATIONNAMES Project Chapters and other mediums of memorial NAMES CHAPTERS 21 NAMES chapters currently reside in the United States, helping to collect panels, organize viewings, and raise funds for AIDS organizations in their communities. BOOK OF LETTERS The NAMES Project Book of Letters was published in 1992, and contains the letters that accompanies panels submitted for The Quilt COMMON THREADS Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt was a documentary, released in 1989. It is a collection of profiles, depicting people remembered on The Quilt.
EDUCATIONWHAT WE NEED TODAYAMERICANS AGES 13-29 ARE EXPERIENCING A RAPID RATE OF INFECTIONApproximately 48% of adolescentsinfected with HIV are unaware they havetheHave ChangedNeeds virus. Why So High? AwarenessAlthough there is still a negative Facts about HIV infection and People who don’t seek outstigma and misinformation transmission are available, testing information don’t learn anything.surrounding AIDS in many is available, so why is this rate of Leading by example and holdingcommunities, it is not the new infection still so high? Have people community leaders and physicians“mystery” disease it was in the become complacent or forgotten responsible is key.1980s. how serious HIV is? Is it just adolescent/young adult “invincibility” syndrome?
KNOW YOUR STATUSRAISE AWARENESSIt is important that EVERYONE help foster a“Know Your Status” environment, for the benefitof those within and outside of the LGBTQcommunity.