aids pandemic

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“More than 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, yet they’re nearly invisible.”

Channeling Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, Meredith Vieira, Michael Emerson, Tituss Burgess, and Jonathan Groff hope to change that. 

Learn more about a new campaign that hopes to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and eradicate the epidemic once and for all.

(Photos courtesy of GLAAD and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation) 

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HAPPY 58TH BIRTHDAY KEITH HARING

Today we celebrate the life and vision of the late artist and activist Keith Haring. His bold, brilliant and provocative artwork helped bring about social consciousness in the ‘80s around the HIV/AIDS pandemic, gun control and drug prevention. Haring used his art to make a statement and make a difference about social change which had cultural impact on the world. The artist also collaborated with artist like Grace Jones, Madonna and Malcolm McLaren to create iconic imagery that has had a lasting impression on popular culture. 

The HIV/AIDS pandemic, explained in 9 maps and charts

1) We’ve made major progress in stemming HIV/AIDS 

2) Thanks to new treatments, people can now live with HIV for years — with only a small risk of passing it on

3) People on HIV treatment have an almost-normal life expectancy

4) Still, only 40 percent of people who need treatment get it

5) Many HIV cases continue to go undiagnosed

6) Globally, sub-Saharan Africa is most affected by the disease

7) Stigma remains a big barrier to stopping HIV/AIDS

8) In the US, the disease has made a comeback among men who have sex with men 

9) HIV remains stubbornly persistent among African Americans

Read more facts and history about the disease.

you know, it strikes me

if Steven Universe is a queer coming of age story

(which isn’t the only thing it is, but I think it’s pretty inarguably a big part of what it is)

it’s a millennial queer coming of age story

and that means a post AIDS pandemic queer coming of age story

like, the parallels aren’t perfect - a war and a virulent disease aren’t the same thing - but they’re there

the slowly building understanding of how much the previous generation has lost, starting with the individuals who would have been closest to you, and moving out until you realize it was most of a culture that was lost. Looking for your people and finding vast memorials to the dead. Knowing you have so much greater safety and social stability now, but also being aware of how quickly that could be taken away

but also like

knowing it’s difficult and risky to reach out to people still caught behind the lines of the conservative establishment, and doing it anyway, because they deserve the support of community too. reexamining what that community is, and including people who might not fit the previous generation’s ideas of who their compatriots were

allowing yourself to mourn and honor the dead but still keep moving forward

“Again, meant no offense by my post, and I had actually NEVER heard of the aids pandemic before. Not once.” god can we please, please, PLEASE get some functioning history (& current events) curriculum into schools