Karen Ocamb

AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display in DC 2000: AIDS at 30

Filed By Karen Ocamb | June 09, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: AIDS Memorial Quilt, Edna Wright, gay history, HIV/AIDS

My friend Renee Sotile covered the unfolding of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington DC as part of the March on Washington in 2000. She and her wife Mary Jo Godges of TraipsingThruFilms have edited that footage to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS set to a song they wrote called "Higher Power," performed by Edna Wright.

On Sunday, June 5, over 3,000 participants in AIDS LifeCycle 10 left San Francisco to ride 545 miles over 7 days - no doubt some of that challenging distance in the rain - to raise money and awareness to try to end AIDS. Many of them are riding in the memory of someone they lost to HIV/AIDS. Many of them are Positive Pedalers - living with the disease, not dying from it. About half of the participants are straight. Each person has a story - as does each person whose name is memorialized on the Quilt and those who shed tears for them. 30 years of AIDS is too long.

Video after the break. (imgsrc)

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