1987 March 10

ACT UP, HIV/AIDS Advocacy Group, Founded

 

ACT UP is the acronym for AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. ACT UP was inspired by playwright Larry Kramer, who had earlier founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center in New York City on January 4, 1982, but split with the group because he felt it was not militant enough. ACT UP was modeled after the Civil Rights Movement, and engaged in nonviolent direct action, often including dramatic acts of civil disobedience to bring public awareness to the AIDS crisis. It held its first demonstration in New York City two weeks after its founding, on March 24, 1987.

See the opening of Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical play on the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart, on April 21, 1985.

The first lesbian and gay rights movement in the world originated in Berlin, Germany, in the 1860s. This included the invention of the word “homosexuality.” Read Robert Beachy, Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (2014).

Don’t miss: David France, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of  How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS (1916)

See AIDS activist Larry Kramer on the Founding of ACT UP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ett_Rz_eNqA

Go to the ACT UP web site: http://www.actupny.org/

Learn more at the ACT Up Oral History Project: http://www.actuporalhistory.org/index1.html

Read: Lawrence Mass, We Must Love One Another or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer (1997)

Read about the early AIDS crisis: Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (1987)

Learn more at a  timeline on HIV/AIDS: http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/aids-timeline/

Find a Day

Go
Abortion Rights ACLU african-americans Alice Paul anti-communism Anti-Communist Hysteria Birth Control Brown v. Board of Education Censorship CIA Civil Rights Civil Rights Act of 1964 Cold War Espionage Act FBI First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment freedom of speech Free Speech Gay Rights Hate Speech homosexuality Hoover, J. Edgar HUAC Japanese American Internment King, Dr. Martin Luther Ku Klux Klan Labor Unions Lesbian and Gay Rights Loyalty Oaths McCarthy, Sen. Joe New York Times Obscenity Police Misconduct Same-Sex Marriage Separation of Church and State Sex Discrimination Smith Act Spying Spying on Americans Vietnam War Voting Rights Voting Rights Act of 1965 War on Terror Watergate White House Women's Rights Women's Suffrage World War I World War II Relocation Camps

Topics

Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions!