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GMHC Honors Bill Clinton, Staley Brothers

GMHC Honors Bill Clinton, Staley Brothers

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At its 35th anniversary Spring Gala, Gay Men’s Health Crisis honored longtime activist Peter Staley, his brother Jes Staley, CEO of Barclays Bank, and President Bill Clinton for his global AIDS work at the Clinton Foundation. The former president was unable to attend, but was represented by his daughter, […]

Jim Eigo Honored by ACT UP at 30

Jim Eigo Honored by ACT UP at 30

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Marking 30 years of AIDS activism, ACT UP held a March 22 event to recognize the work of Jim Eigo, a founding member of the group’s Treatment and Data Committee, upon his retirement. Longtime ACT UP members Eric Sawyer, Andy Velez, Peter Staley, Jay Blotcher were among those on hand […]

When Activists Made a Difference

When Activists Made a Difference

BY NATHAN RILEY | David France’s masterly new history of the battle against AIDS does double duty: chronicling the exciting but desperate mobilization against the fatal epidemic while also offering inspiration to activists – many from that earlier fight, but many more who are younger – who must today confront the reality of Donald Trump as […]

Thumping Trump, Larry Kramer A Lion Once More

Thumping Trump, Larry Kramer A Lion Once More

BY ANDY HUMM | Most people opposing Donald Trump figure his supporters are beyond conversion therapy and are focusing on getting out the vote for their side. But Larry Kramer, not usually known for his diplomacy, made a heartfelt and passionate appeal in an open letter to billionaire developer Steve Roth, whom he calls a […]

Cali Drug Price Initiative Sparked Sanders-Staley Spat

Cali Drug Price Initiative Sparked Sanders-Staley Spat

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In his interview with the ACT UP Oral History Project, Peter Staley recalled that the high price of an AIDS drug motivated him and six other members of the AIDS activist group to briefly stall the opening of the New York Stock Exchange with a protest in 1989. After sneaking into the […]

Clinton Broadly Embraces Agenda for Fighting AIDS in Meeting With Activists

Clinton Broadly Embraces Agenda for Fighting AIDS in Meeting With Activists

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Hillary Clinton made a number of promises to advance the fight against HIV and offered critiques of some of the current responses in that fight during a May 12 meeting with leading AIDS groups. “I won’t make promises that I can’t keep,” Clinton told roughly 20 representatives from AIDS and LGBT groups near […]

Will Rare Seroconversion by PrEP User Slow Uptake?  

Will Rare Seroconversion by PrEP User Slow Uptake?  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a recent case of a Toronto man who was infected with HIV despite adhering to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will likely not be replicated, it could have an impact on PrEP uptake by causing some who are considering using the anti-HIV drug regimen to have second thoughts. “It might,” said Peter Staley, […]

Meth Kills — And Evidence Points to Its Upswing in NYC

Meth Kills — And Evidence Points to Its Upswing in NYC

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Deaths from methamphetamine overdoses increased 160 percent from 2013 to 2014 in New York City, according to data from the city health department. The department reports that “methamphetamine-involved overdose deaths” went from 13 in 2013 to 34 in 2014. The department does not have final data on 2015 deaths. Ninety percent of […]

Planet Earth Is Blue And There’s Nothing I Can Do

Planet Earth Is Blue And There’s Nothing I Can Do

BY ED SIKOV | Still getting zilch interest in the mainstream press: From Miranda Blue of Right Wing Watch: “In yet another example of what the Religious Right’s recent focus on ‘religious liberty’ is really about, five Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak this weekend [January 16] at a ‘religious freedom’ event hosted by a […]

In Defense of the Brats

BY ED SIKOV | Thank you, Jesse Singal of New York Magazine, for writing “Why Arthur C. Brooks Is Wrong About ‘Victimhood Culture,’” a persuasive rebuttal to Brooks’ obnoxious op-ed in the New York Times. “Victimhood culture” has now been identified as a widening phenomenon by mainstream sociologists,” Brooks bleated. “In all cases, [the victims] treat […]

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