In 1987, as the AIDS epidemic grew dramatically, a group of HIV-affected individuals mobilized against a system that seemed to have abandoned them. David France has documented the powerful story of this ultimately successful battle to halt the epidemic and the inspiring stories of the gay activists and advocates who confronted widespread fear and prejudice to demand action from their government officials and health providers. Based on France’s Oscar-nominated documentary of the same name, this definitive history highlights extraordinary characters: a closeted Wall Street trader-turned-activist; a high school dropout who found purpose battling pharmaceutical giants; a South African physician who helped establish the first officially recognized buyers’ club at the height of the epidemic. With his strong connections to this community, France provides an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights.
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Presented by: Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Civics series.
Community Partner: Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Series supported by:
and the True-Brown Foundation.
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