“Surrender Donald” – Gay activists rally outside Trump Tower in New York, protesting the city’s tax breaks for luxury real estate developers while thousands of people with AIDS sleep in the streets. Oct. 31, 1989
Medicine should never have been privatized in the first place. The concept of profiting off of human desperation and the need for life-saving medicine is, philosophically, intrinsically, and morally wrong both as a fundamental concept and in practice. The fact that Martin Shkreli was ever able to buy an AIDS drug and increase its price 5000% is indicative of a problem even bigger than a truly evil, despicable, and selfish human being; it is indicative of the problem of the current system of for-profit pharmaceuticals with obviously inadequate price regulation.
“Yet there was a time when you could walk around London or New York and see these gaunt faces, marked with sarcomas, and everyone you hung out with was dying. The official culture was in denial. Sometimes it was easier to be. I remember seeing Derek Jarman at a play. At that point he was blind. I didn’t want to see him like that. And then my friend was queer-bashed on the way home. Freddie Mercury died. Keith Haring died. Eazy- E from NWA died. Denholm Elliott died. Rock Hudson died. Fela Kuti died. And my uncle who wasn’t famous or even my actual uncle died. One of my friends lost seven people who were all under 30.”
Freddy Mercury was so ill with AIDS when he recorded “The Show Must Go On” that Brian May didn’t think he could do it. Mercury slammed some vodka, said “I’ll fucking do it, darling” and killed it in one take. (Source)
Hey guys we really need to get this info out to people who have lost access to their HIV medication due to Harvey. Rise up to HIV doesn’t have a Tumblr platform so it’s important we circulate it on here too.
Just a gentle reminder that you should use your aids (canes, wheelchairs, stimtoys, coping mechanisms, etc.) BEFORE you start to need them, to prevent you from feeling discomfort. You don’t have to “blend in” or make others comfortable, you need to take care of YOURSELF.