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Today in NYC History: ACT UP Fights Back Against AIDS Crisis (1987)
Janos NYC Blog
No group did more to raise alarms about the New York City AIDS crisis than ACT UP, born out of a powerful speech delivered by Larry Kramer on March 10, 1987.

David Geffen Is On A Quest To Give It All Away
A longtime advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, Geffen partnered with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York to established the David Geffen Center, which provides free, confidential HIV rapid testing, syphilis testing, and Hepatitis C testing in all five of the city’s boroughs.

San Francisco Study Suggests Scope of PrEP Need in New York
Gay City News
A study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections suggests that New York City will have to get tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to achieve the 75 percent reduction in annual new HIV infections that the state’s Plan to End AIDS has set as its primary goal.

LGBT advocates differ on Cuomo’s sexual assault rhetoric
Capital New York
National advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are taking issue with Governor Andrew Cuomo's rhetoric on college sexual assault, which they argue he has framed as a crime committed against heterosexual women by heterosexual men, despite the fact that people with other sexual orientations or gender identities are victimized at the same or higher rates [....]Anthony Hayes, spokesman for the New York City-based Gay Men’s Health Crisis, said Cuomo’s aim is to make it easier for any victims of sexual assault to report, and that “while he is encouraging women to speak out, I think he is encouraging all people to speak out."

Alan Cumming Launches 'The Celibacy Challenge' Against FDA
EDGE Media Network
It's the ultimate challenge for a do-gooder: abstaining from sex for an entire year, just to donate blood. In December 2014, the Food and Drug Administration relented on their 30-year discriminatory policy preventing men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood -- provided they abstain from sex for a year.

Seven Things You Need to Know about HIV But Probably Don’t — From An Expert
by GMHC Board Member Perry N Halkitis

Unsung Gay Heroes in History
Fyne Times
Larry Kramer (1935-present):  Every movement needs a voice of anger and righteousness, and when the AIDS pandemic hit, the gay community was lucky to have Larry Kramer, whose editorials and plays (particularly The Normal Heart) demanded that the government take action and that gay men take responsibility for their health.

David Geffen Captures Naming Rights to Avery Fisher Hall With Donation
New York Times
Lincoln Center announced that David Geffen, the entertainment mogul who has shaped cultural tastes in pop music, art and movies, will donate $100 million to renovate — and rename — Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, at Lincoln Center[…] Mr. Geffen has also made substantial contributions to organizations fighting AIDS, including Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

Why The Gay Blood Ban Is Really A Gay Sex Ban
HIV Plus Magazine
The AIDS service organization GMHC lambasted the proposed policy as “offensive and harmful,” claiming that the furtherance of “stigma, fear and discrimination” only helps fuel the disease’s spread. “In reality,” the organization said, “requiring celibacy for a year is a de facto lifetime ban.”

Blood Ban Problems
HIV Plus Magazine
In December, the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to ease the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. In the ban’s stead, the agency plans to adopt a new policy that would allow men who have sex with men to donate after a 12-month period of celibacy.
The AIDS service organization GMHC lambasted the proposed policy as “offensive and harmful,” claiming that the furtherance of “stigma, fear and discrimination” only helps fuel the disease’s spread. “In reality,” the organization said, “requiring celibacy for a year is a de facto lifetime ban.”

Council Member Corey Johnson Unveils 'HASA for All' Legislation
EDGE New York
“It is heartbreaking when New Yorkers living with HIV come to GMHC in desperate need of housing and other assistance, only to find out that they are 'too healthy' to be eligible for HASA benefits," said Kelsey Louie, GMHC's CEO. "No one should have to wait until they have an AIDS diagnosis to receive the life-saving support proven to not only help them stay healthy, but also prevent new HIV infections. Thank you Council Member Corey Johnson for ensuring equal access to HASA's housing and support services. This bill is critical to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020."

Theatre Charlotte presents ‘The Normal Heart’
Q Notes
Written in 1985, the play takes place the years between 1981 ad 1984, the earliest days of the AIDS Crisis. It’s set in New York City, one of the early epicenters of the epidemic that ravaged the gay community. Much of the play is autobiographical. Main character Ned Weeks is the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Playwright Kramer found himself taking up the mantle of LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS activist at the same time, co-founding New York City’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis, one of the earliest AIDS service and advocacy groups.

An AIDS-Free New York is within our Reach
City & State
by Charles King, Perry Junjulas, Mark Harrington and Kelsey Louie
Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent shockwaves around the country and the globe last June with his bold announcement that New York would become the first state in the nation to end its 35-year AIDS epidemic by the year 2020. Even without a cure, new treatment and prevention tools have finally placed this goal within our reach. And just last week, the governor demonstrated the seriousness of his commitment to a comprehensive solution by adding funding to his 30-day budget amendments for this year.

Lee Daniels says controversial remarks he made about black women were “taken out of context”.
The Coli
FILM DIRECTOR Lee Daniels says controversial remarks he made about black women were “taken out of context”.
In an interview with US chat show host Larry King earlier this year, The Butler director recalled walking into the Gay Men’s Health Crisis centre in New York whilst doing research for his 2009 film Precious, and being shocked to see a roomful of black women.

“I know that ‘dialogue’ and ‘discussion’ can often be difficult or non-existent.”
Visual AIDS
Kyle Bella: “Within the archive, it's also important to note that I'm not interested, necessarily, in collecting historical facts or other things perceived as "truth." Instead, the idea of this digital HIV/AIDS represents a new way of constructing an emotionally-sensitive, personal repository of how people are having sex, how they feel about sex, and how HIV/AIDS comes into play. It'll be an educational resource because I also hope to interview clinicians who work at organizations like APICHA, GMHC, or in more community-based settings, but education can also happen in less tangible and well-defined ways, which opens up an opportunity for people who are not academics, clinical experts or otherwise involved in HIV/AIDS to speak about their own sexuality in a language that makes sense to them.”

No Sex For A Year With Other Men, Says FDA; Discrimination?
Now males who have not had sex with other men in a year can donate blood, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

GMHC Honors Founder It Once Ousted, Larry Kramer
HIV Plus Magazine
Kelsey Louie, the new CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, says an event honoring the organization’s ousted founder, Larry Kramer, marks an important turning point in the fight against HIV.

Interview: On Having Documentaries and Other Media Produced by People With HIV
The Body
Juanita Irman: “Beside the videos produced with GMHC, I have made videos on homosexuality, artist venues, "disabled" communities, drugs, community groups, ex prisoners. I have been able to participate in groups and panels on AIDS. As a caseworker with the Human Resources Administration I now work day-to-day directly with people with HIV/AIDS and their families. It has been great to see people overcome stigma and fear.”

The State of Mental Illness in America: Crying for a Cure
Huffington Post
Ginger Lerner-Wren: “In a prior Huffington Post blog I recount HBO's brilliant film, The Normal Heart, which depicts horrendous events surrounding the early emergence of HIV/AIDS in America. Which, but for the unrelenting determination by gay activists and leaders of the organization of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, to compel governmental action, mobilizes a national public health response. You see, the linkage between prejudice and public health is not a new scenario.”

No. 20 of 20 Most Amazing HIV-Positive Women: Jacqueline Williams
HIV Plus Magazine
Too often in honoring “amazing” people (the top 10s, the 40 under 40) media honors the power players, the executive directors, those media-friendly agitators. But that underestimates the impact a person in a support position can have on those around them. So is the case with Jacqueline Williams, a receptionist at New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis

New York’s Highest Court Says ‘No’ to the Felony Prosecution of a Person Living with HIV for Having Consensual Sex
The Center for HIV Law Policy
Today, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, affirmed a lower court ruling reducing charges brought by the District Attorney’s Office in Onondaga County, New York, against a young Black man living with HIV for allegedly engaging in consensual sex without disclosing his HIV status to his sex partner.

Alan Cumming Stars in GLAAD and GMHC PSA About FDA's Blood Donor Policy
Celibacy Challenge
A coalition of organizations, including GLAAD and Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), today launch a new PSA and social media campaign starring Alan Cumming to raise awareness about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men.

PSA Challenges Gay Men To Stay Celibate For One Year – So They Can Donate Blood (VIDEO)
Buzz Feed
The hilarious #celibacychallenge campaign video, starring Alan Cumming, hopes to challenge the FDA’s current policy stating that gay men can only donate blood after abstaining from sex for an entire year. The PSA, created by GLAAD and Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), lists several activities you can partake in during the 365 days you won’t be having sex.

GMHC Expands Board Members and Senior Staff
EDGE Magazine
Earlier this month, GMHC announced the addition of five new Board members and three new additions to its senior management team. These announcements follow the appointment of Kelsey Louie as CEO last year. The Board members include two experts on HIV and AIDS, a former professional football player and two officers at major New York City corporations.

GMHC Adds Board Members. Plus, a Gala Honoring Larry Kramer
POZ Magazine
GMHC added five board members, including former NFL player Wade Davis. And the HIV/AIDS group will honor Larry Kramer at its Renewal Spring Gala.

How do we find each other? Lots of ways, friends can help
Associated Press
Fourteen years [after meeting], Charlie and Nancy Breslin, both 46, are raising their three children in New Jersey. They mark special occasions with donations to the Gay Men's Health Crisis, the beneficiary of AIDS Walk New York.

We’re thrilled to be working with Hello Mr
Along with drinks and dancing, the event will feature a video collaboration entitled, A Single Person Is Missing For You, And The Whole World Is Empty– A Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion. The collaboration will explore the joint experience of love and, “The inability to fully understand each other makes us anxious, excited to go further but worried to trespass”.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the oldest not-for-profit AIDS service organization in U.S.

HRC and DOMA Lawyer Roberta Kaplan Launch 'The People's Brief' - VIDEO
As the Supreme Court's consideration of same-sex marriage draws closer, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and über gay rights litigator Roberta Kaplan (who argued against DOMA on behalf of plaintiff Edie Windsor) have launched a new campaign that will allow individuals across the nation to join in on an amicus brief that will let their voices be heard by the Court. The brief, the first of its kind, has been dubbed, "The People's Brief".

The 20 Most Amazing HIV-Positive Women of 2015
HIV Plus Magazine
Jacqueline Williams is a receptionist at New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis, one of the world’s largest organizations providing prevention, care, and advocacy for people with HIV. She's testified at church, at work, and anywhere she can about being a poz woman, and while mentoring other women, poz or not, she has taught many what an amazing woman is.

Hello Mr. Magazine Wants You To Dance At Valentine’s Day Hello Love 2015 Event
Huffington Post
Hello Mr., a magazine that launched in 2013 and views itself as “a community of men who date men starting new conversations about their interests, loves, hopes, and fears,” is gearing up for its second annual Valentine’s Day event, Hello Love 2015.
a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to GMHC, the oldest not-for-profit AIDS service organization in U.S.

Lisa Lampanelli Taping a New Special In March
The Interro Bang
Lisa Lampanelli jokes so much about gays, but her favorite charity is the Gay Men’s Health Crisis which she once donated $50,000 to in the name of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, donating $1,000 for every protester that showed up to protest her show.

Larry Kramer to Be Honored by Gay Men’s Health Crisis
New York Times
By Patrick Healy

Larry Kramer and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis are coming full circle. The volunteer AIDS organization, which grew out of a gathering in Mr. Kramer’s living room in 1981, but whose leaders ousted him two years later due to his confrontational tactics for drawing attention to the epidemic, will honor him at its annual spring gala on March 23 by creating a lifetime achievement award bearing his name, the group announced on Friday.

Mr. Kramer, a writer who dramatized the early deaths from AIDS and the struggles of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in his landmark play “The Normal Heart,” will be the first recipient of the Larry Kramer Activism Award; in subsequent years it will be given to advocates who reflects his “spirit, passion and fearlessness,” said Roberta A. Kaplan, co-chair of the organization’s board.

Mr. Kramer, who went on to help found the protest group Act Up and, at 79, remains a prominent voice on gay issues and AIDS, has dipped back into the fold of Gay Men’s Health Crisis before. He was invited to speak at its 10th anniversary ceremony, where he called out board members for not doing enough to fight and prevent AIDS. But the new award will be a permanent recognition of Mr. Kramer’s contributions to the organization, as well as an attempt “to bring a sense of closure and healing” between Mr. Kramer and the group, Ms. Kaplan said. The depiction of that rift in “The Normal Heart” reached wide audiences with a Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of the play in 2011 and a recent movie adaptation on HBO.

“There would be no G.M.H.C. without Larry Kramer,” said Ms. Kaplan, the lawyer who argued on behalf of Edith Windsor in 2013 before the United States Supreme Court in a case where a majority of justices struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and extended federal benefits to married same-sex couples.

Mr. Kramer, who has been weakened from recent illnesses, nevertheless remains busy. The first volume of his epic novel, “The American People,” running 800 pages, will be published in April by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and a new documentary about his life, “Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger,” is scheduled to air on HBO in June.

Mr. Kramer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Tickets for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis gala, which will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street, will go on sale on Tuesday.


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Step Aside Mad Men, These Are the Coolest New Ads
HIV Plus Magazine
GMHC’s new “I Love My Boo” campaign showed up in 260 New York City subway stations, speaking to and celebrating gay men of color by highlighting their strength and resilience, rather than only sexualizing gay relationships with chiseled bodies and glossy imagery.

Trans People Are Pushing the FDA to Rethink Their Rules on Blood Donations
Vice News
Gay rights advocates, including the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), criticized the FDA's proposal, saying a rule that demands a year of celibacy still effectively bans almost all gay men from donating, reinforces an outdated stereotype that HIV is a gay disease, and is not backed up by science. GMHC said that all donors — men and women, gay or straight — should be evaluated on their individual risk factors.

GMHC Adds Five to Board
New York Nonprofit Press
GMHC announced today the addition of five new Board members. The Board members include two experts on HIV and AIDS, a former professional football player and two officers at major New York City corporations.

Health Care Hysteria: The Case of Ebola Fever
Hospitals & Health Networks
… because of the profound courage of people from Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York to then Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D., and the research expertise at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and elsewhere, the United States, over the years, has, for the most part, managed to control AIDS well enough that it is now a largely chronic disease, albeit a horrible one.

Community Groups and Elected Officials Come Together to Sponsor Forum on New York’s Medical Marijuana Program
ENews Park Forest
On Tuesday, February 3rd, patients, community members, providers and elected officials will join together to discuss New York’s medical marijuana law and provide community feedback on the State’s recently introduced draft regulations that will shape New York’s medical marijuana program…. Anticipated participants include: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center, GMHC, Bailey House, Turning Point…

Review: Movie makes statement about AIDS epicdemic
Leader Telegram
The film follows gay activist Ned Weeks (Ruffalo) as he and a small group of supporters attempt to raise HIV/ ‹AIDS awareness in New York during the early 1980s, a time when the disease was still very unknown and misunderstood. The movie is based on the largely autobiographical play of the same name by LGBTQ activist Larry Kramer, who founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

'Larry Kramer In Love & Anger': Sundance Review
Holywood Reporter
To anyone who has seen The Normal Heart, Kramer's painful history as the co-founder of GMHC will be familiar. He was eventually ousted when his scathing attacks on the administrations of New York City mayor Ed Koch and president Ronald Reagan were judged to be counterproductive in the fight for funding and support. Well-chosen clips from TV interviews illustrate his uncompromising style and disdain for standard diplomacy.

Have Gay Americans Outgrown Their Community?
Senti Rate/ Reuters
Yet this inferred “beginning” of gay culture—and therefore community—exists today as the springboard for LGBT America. Following this liberation came a new, more macabre form of rage as the AIDS epidemic spurred gay male activists to coalesce, leading to organizations such as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP).

How Kevin Elyot's Aids farce My Night With Reg became a play for today
New Statesman
The decade between the two plays shows in their tone and approach. The Normal Heart was a campaigning work of emergency journalism that was at times an animated article, reporting the story of the discovery of the condition and the slow response by the political, medical and media establishments. The dramatist even co-founded a pressure group called Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión (Opinion), by Osvaldo Perdomo
Poz Magazine
“For many of the artists, participating in the art classes is a healing experience to express emotions about living with HIV and AIDS and the epidemic overall. In fact, for some, this will be the first time ever exhibiting artwork in this renowned gallery. We are so appreciative of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art’s ongoing generosity,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie.

Tony Winner Bernadette Peters to Perform with the Houston Symphony Next Month
BWW Classical World
In 2003, [Bernadette Peters] received her seventh Tony Award nomination for her electrifying portrayal of Momma Rose in Sam Mendes' record-breaking Broadway revival of Gypsy, and her brilliant performance was captured on the Grammy award-winning Gypsy cast recording"Bernadette Peters is a revelation!" Ben Brantley of The New York Times declared of her star turn in the show. Peters' Angel Records CD, Sondheim, Etc., Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It), features never-before-released highlights from her historic 1996 highly anticipated solo debut at Carnegie Hall. The concert was a benefit for Gay Men's Health Crisis.

Photo Exhibit Celebrates Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión
Gay Cities
The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City is currently presenting Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión, an exhibition curated by Osvaldo Perdomo and David Livingston featuring artists living with HIV and AIDS. The exhibition is an outcome of weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC’s Volunteer, Work, and Wellness Center as well as by artists who have come to GMHC looking for help or support after they learned about their diagnosis.

Photo Exhibit Celebrates Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión
The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City is currently presenting Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión, an exhibition curated by Osvaldo Perdomo and David Livingston featuring artists living with HIV and AIDS. The exhibition is an outcome of weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC’s Volunteer, Work, and Wellness Center as well as by artists who have come to GMHC looking for help or support after they learned about their diagnosis.

Larry Kramer, The Imitation Game, and the Gay Obsession With Exceptionalism
Yasmin Nair Blog
“Weeks/Kramer goes on to insist that there is some historical connection between children not being taught Kramer’s histrionic history of Turing and what he identifies, with a viciousness that is typical of Kramer, as the self-loathing of the gay men around him (the scene involves all of them expelling him from Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an organisation he helped found).”

Miss Universe 2015 is Paulina Vega of Colombia
Miss Universe reigns for one year. She will travel the world as a spokesperson for such causes as Aid for AIDS, Best Buddies, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, GMHC, God's Love We Deliver, the Latino Commission on AIDS, Operation Smile, and Youth AIDS/PSI.

Sundance Reviews: Literary Lions, Troubled Teens, Lithuanian Lesbians
The Wrap
We follow Kramer from his unhappy childhood through his career as a film executive and Oscar-nominated screenwriter (“Women in Love”) to his founding of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP during the early years of the AIDS plague — Kramer always said “epidemic” wasn’t strong enough a word — to the modern day, where he battles health issues but continues to write.

Fighting the spread of HIV
The Californian
In other cities, organizations often employ creative techniques to reach populations particularly vulnerable to HIV. In Washington, the nonprofit Metro TeenAIDS sponsors concerts to encourage young people to get tested, and to connect them with health services. In New York, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis hosts the Latex Ball, one of the largest vogue balls in the country.

Larry Kramer In Love & Anger
Sundance Film Festival
1/23/15 to 1/30/15

Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión
January 22–February 1 --The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay And Lesbian Art once again plays host to this yearly exhibit, which features works created by over 45 artists living with HIV and AIDS.

Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión
HIV Plus Magazine
Gay Men's Health Crisis and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art will host "Art & AIDS: Amor y Pasión," an exhibition featuring 45 artists living with HIV or AIDS.