hiv art

The original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ cartoon was a metaphor for AIDS

  • During a sit-down with Attitude magazine, Bill Condon — who has directed the new Beauty and the Beast — discussed how the animated feature’s lyricist, Howard Ashman, had HIV, and saw himself reflected in the film’s material.
  • Presented with the initial story ideas, which mostly centered around Belle and her plight, Ashman allegedly pushed for the story take a more sympathetic look at her romantic interest, the titular Beast.
  • Ashman died from complications related to AIDS on March 14, 1991, just four days after the film’s first screening. He was remembered as one of the first openly gay men in show business. Read more (3/1/17 3:56)

In honor of pride month, the work of: Barton Lidice Beneš, Lethal Weapons (filled with artists’ own hiv+ blood), 1992.

Beneš was a first-generation veteran of the AIDS crisis and chronicled his own HIV+ status in Lethal Weapons, a series of works created with his own blood. This exhibit toured Europe in the 1990s and traveled to Lund, Sweden, where authorities intervened and demeaned installation be heated to 160 degrees Fahrenheit in a hospital oven to make it “safe” for public viewing. These provocative pieces confront HIV/AIDS head-on, blending political activism, visual poetry and a wicked sense of humor, forcing viewers to face their fears of death and transmission. His work continues to serve as a symbol of resistance, engaging a new generation in the evolving conversation about art and AIDS.

Keith Haring “Unfinished Painting” 1989

Of particular note is that this painting was deliberately left unfinished by the artist. A political commentary on the indifference with which the federal government was handling the AIDS epidemic at the time, the painting is left as unfinished as the countless lives that were taken by the disease.  Haring died months later at the age of 31.

He continues to be an iconic figure in the LGBTQ+ gay rights community and is remembered by many as a symbol of late 80s / early 90s Nickelodeon aesthetic.

anonymous asked:

Hi. How are you? To the picture of the flag on louis sweater i read about following: Perhaps more poignant is the fact that Mapplethorpe captured this flag flying audaciously above Fire Island’s infamously gay district of The Pines; four years before anyone had even heard of AIDS. Have a nice day or evening. Bye !

Anonymous said:I teach art history and I really appreciate Louis wearing that sweatshirt. Setting aside the more provocative artwork from Robert Mapplethorpe, anyone that is interested in him should do some research. The sweatshirt was designed in connection with his foundation that does wonderful work for the arts and HIV/AIDS research.

Anonymous said:Not the same anon, but your tag post just made me think, Mapplethorpe photographed the American flag multiple times. Most well known are the one from 1977 and one from 1987 (the one on L’s hoodie). The 1977 image is of a tattered flag was taken in the summer of 1977 in the Pines, a gay-friendly resort on New Yorks’ Fire Island, where Mapplethorpe’s lover, Sam Wagstaff, had rented a house. The 1987 image was shot after he was diagnosed with AIDS and knew he didn’t have much longer to live (½)

Anonymous said:in contrast this flag is not tattered unlike the previous one. Both flags show resilience and endurance. (2/2)

Some info from anons re: the image on Louis’ shirt and the photographer.

Social poster assignment 💊✨ ~ PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it’s the use of anti-HIV medication to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. A single pill taken once daily is highly effective against HIV when taken every day. Today more than ever we need to show support for our poz brothers, sisters and non-binary peeps. I love you all my dudes 🌸


I’m excited to share the first episode of Tested, a comic I’ve been working on in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute and writer Josh Billig. The comic is being made as part of the AIDS Institute’s app called @ygetit, which is designed primarily for young people living with HIV and helping them live healthier lives.


High resolution posters of two Indigenous Queers taken during the Long Walk/forced removal/ relocation of the Diné to an internment camp located near Bosque Redondo, New Mexico in 1866. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!

The photograph shows two Diné Nádleehí (translation: “the one is changing”), which is the equivalent to Indigenous Queer identity in contemporary culture. It is accompanied by text that challenges Western perspectives on homosexuality by asking the viewer to imagine the pre-“history” of terms and issues that have become relevant to contemporary Queer culture. In this case, it inserts an Indigenous narrative prior to genocide, colonization, health epidemics, and forced assimilation to Western notions that include but are not limited to gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, same-sex marriage, queer history, and romanticization of nature and masculinity/male identity.

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anonymous asked:

wrt to the pink triangles usage for non-jewish lgbt people as antisemitic im just conflicted as to how to also recognize it's importance and use within the aids crisis and aids art ??

i started to answer this question but i think it’d be better to have an explanation by someone who is jewish and hiv+ so i asked my friend naj and she said she’ll add a response, then i’ll reblog it here!



HIV needs to be a part of the conversation when we talk about Mike Pence and ‘Hamilton’

After his speech to Pence, Brandon Victor Dixon asked the Hamilton audience to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization that works with several social service providers that benefit people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses. It’s “red bucket” season on Broadway, in which several theaters are collecting funds for the organization. Friday night at Hamilton was part of their Fall 2016 fundraising drive. As patrons left the theatre, queues of people exiting out into the street donated to BF/ECA volunteers holding red buckets. No reports mentioned whether Pence donated to BC/EFA. He did not immediately respond to Mic’s request for comment.

The Hamilton cast is currently led by Javier Muñoz, an HIV-positive out gay Puerto Rican. Whether people know about his HIV status, his presence on the Hamilton stage serves as a loud reminder that 1.2 million HIV-positive Americans are part of the tapestry that Dixon described in his message to Pence. For queer men of color like Muñoz, the stakes in the fight against HIV are particularly high. Queer black and Latino men face staggering rates of infection and government opposition, or even neglect, will lead to the infection of thousands more.

While Donald Trump hasn’t laid out plans to help people with HIV or to combat more than 40,000 infections in the United States in 2015, his running mate has adopted an almost sinister opposition to HIV treatment and prevention. Pence was an architect to an entire HIV outbreak in his home state of Indiana by gutting funding to Planned Parenthood, which was the only available HIV testing site for much of the state’s southeast counties. After the outbreak, Pence declined to listen to public health experts and implemented a needle exchange program that lasted only 30 days.

Aside from his actions, Pence’s words also don’t bode well for those living with or at risk for HIV acquisition.

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As some of you know, I taught an lgbtq class last year and decided to share one of the lesson plans I created. It’s about AIDS, specifically Act-Up and direct action. It then ties in current queer artists and has students study and question contemporary art.

I noticed that the students had little to no knowledge of AIDS history. I wonder if it’s taught at all in schools. This isn’t totally comprehensive, but aimed to be interesting and engaging.  I’m hoping that other teachers can use this lesson plan as a jumping off point or adjust it to fit their classrooms needs. This lesson is meant to work with a projector and is aimed to be about an hour long, students 15+. 

I’m sure there are some important facts that are left out/glazed over/possibly wrong. It’s an editable PDF/Google Doc so people can fix mistakes where they see them. 
Here is the Lesson Plan. Here is the PDF


“I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils”. These are words published nearly 25 years ago by American artist and prominent AIDS activist Zoe Leonard in her poem I Want A Dyke For President. In 2016, the poem – that aggressively questions the violent banality of our elected politicians – remains as relevant and striking as ever.