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The Gay Plague: Queerness and HIV/AIDS


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The Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA – The Gay Plague: Queerness and HIV/AIDS

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The Gay Plague: Queerness and HIV/AIDS

  1. 1. The Gay Plague. Queerness and HIV/AIDS
  2. 2. A crash course queer activism.
  3. 3. 1969: The Riot at the Stonewall Inn
  4. 4. 1969: The Riot at the Stonewall Inn
  5. 5. 1978: The Election of Harvey Milk
  6. 6. ACT UP and HIV/AIDS’ Relationship to Queerness
  7. 7. What did scientists and researchers originally name the disease now referred to as AIDS?
  8. 8. Gay-Related Immune Deficiency or G.R.I.D.
  9. 9. Political climate of the AIDS epidemic
  10. 10. ACT UP: The basics ● Founded in New York City in March of 1987. ● Founding principle was to “Get Drugs Into Bodies”. ● Also wanted to raise awareness/end the silence and stigma surrounding the disease. ● DIVA TV and Gran Fury.
  11. 11. 1988: Shut Down of FDA
  12. 12. 1988: Say No To Cosmo
  13. 13. 1989: St Patrick’s Cathedral Protest
  14. 14. 1990: CDC Protest
  15. 15. 1991: Days of Desperation
  16. 16. 1992: Ash Actions
  17. 17. The current state of LGBTQ+ folks and HIV/AIDS. ● Silence = Death, but so does Ignorance. ● Black and brown bodies are disproportionately at risk. ○ Especially, trans and non-binary bodies. ● #ACAPositive ● To consider ourselves allies to those living with HIV/AIDS, we must affirm our allyship to queers, non-binary and trans folk, and people of color.
  18. 18. Questions? Thanks y’all!