THROWBACK THURSDAY: R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe Recalls 80s HIV & LGBT Stigma, Links to Modern-Day Uganda
R.E.M. Frontman Recalls 1980s AIDS Panic
Today’s Throwback Thursday is a look back at our past with the benefit of present-day hindsight and makes a distinct connection to how the past can reappear in different places and different forms in the present.
The brief video below of musician Michael Stipe comes from the first annual Trailblazers special, a series honoring pioneers in the fight for LGBT equality. The first episode aired on Logo yesterday to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act’s repeal. Among the honorees at this year’s Trailblazers were Edie Windsor and her attorney Roberta Kaplan, who fought to overturn DOMA; NBA star Jason Collins: Netflix’s Orange is the New Black; …
Posted on July 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm
Happy July! We’re proud to announce our first-ever art opening curated by two dedicated Soho Thrift Shop artist-volunteers: Scooter LaForge and Johnny Rozsa. Join us next Thursday, July 17 from 6 – 8PM at our Soho Shop to peruse donated pieces by 20+ New York-based artists including Jemima Kirke (HBO’s Girls), Mel Odom, fashion from designer David Dalrymple and Christopher Lee Sauve, and jewelry, prints, watercolor, mixed media and photography culled from generous New Yorkers’ private collections. The art is available at a range of price points, making it easy to shop and decorate your home the very same evening!
Is it too darn hot for you these days? Cool off with a great read and some new-to-you vinyl at …
Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:48 am
COMMUNITY STORY: Advocacy on Wheels with BRAKING AIDS® Rider Courtney Maier Burbela
The countdown has begun for Housing Works’ annual civil-rights march on two wheels, BRAKING AIDS® Ride 2014. From September 12 to 14, physical activists of all stripes will come together to ride 285 miles from Boston to New York City to raise funds and awareness for our mission to end AIDS and homelessness.
One of our most creative activists, Courtney Maier Burbela is celebrating her tenth year as a Braking AIDS® Rider and nearly 3,000 miles logged to honor close friends she lost. Over the years, Courtney has employed her marketing expertise—from throwing a pig roast to getting “tattooed”—to raise money for the Ride. Read …
Posted on July 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm
Cuomo Commits to Plan to End AIDS in NYS by 2020
New York, NY, June 29, 2014—The Housing Works community commends New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for making history today with his public declaration of an advocacy-based plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020, as reported in today’s New York Times article (see page A18, “Cuomo Plan Seeks to End New York’s AIDS Epidemic” by Anemona Hartocollis) and in a press release issued by the Governor’s office.
“This step by Governor Cuomo, setting a clear goal to end the AIDS crisis in New York State, is absolutely courageous,” said Housing Works CEO Charles King. “In doing so, the Governor is reshaping the …
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 3:56 pm
Festive NYC Gay Pride Marked By Historic Cuomo End-of-AIDS Plan
On Sunday, June 29, 2014, Housing Works staff, clients, volunteers, and allies marched behind the above “AIDS-FREE NY 2020: Closer than you think.” banner during NYC Gay Pride 2014, officially launching the New York segment of the ongoing Housing Works AIDS-FREE advocacy campaign. Housing Works’ AIDS-FREE Campaign is a collaborative, multi-year initiative committed to ending the AIDS epidemic—in New York State by 2020, in the United States by 2025, and worldwide by 2030.
Our community had much to celebrate for NYC Gay Pride this year, in particular the declaration made earlier that morning by Governor Andrew Cuomo to commit to a State plan ending …
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm
In Honor of Transgender Advocate Sylvia Rivera
New York, July 2—Today would have been the 63rd birthday of transgender activist Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002), who is widely known for her involvement in the 1963 Stonewall Riots, for founding such activist groups as Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Activists Alliance, and Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (which was later renamed Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries, or STAR), and for her fierce and vocal approach to advocacy. Although best known for her work on behalf on transgender people, Rivera was also deeply committed to the civil-rights movement, to the movement for peace during the Vietnam War, and to women’s liberation and feminism.
In honor of Rivera’s relentless advocacy, we offer the “Throwback Thursday” video below of a fiery …
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm
July! July! Tonight we welcome our monthly series DISH with a summery lineup of drinks, The Carnivore’s Manifesto and ice cream. Next week we are proud to host the Moth Community Showcase, and we welcome back our bimonthly event, Ask Roulette, with special guests Anna Holmes and Matt Koff on July 16. Plus, the summer fiction sale, a trio of great book clubs, and now through July 7 you can donate to Housing Works when you purchase great indie press eBooks from presses like Tin House, Tyrant Books, Curbside Splendor and more with digital publisher 0s&1s Novels.
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm
New York, June 29, 2014—This morning, prior to the NYC Gay Pride Parade, Housing Works and other AIDS and LGBT activists gathered in Midtown for a press conference to praise Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announced plan to make New York State the first jurisdiction in the nation to end the AIDS epidemic by the year 2020, as reported The New York Times (see page A18, “Cuomo Plan Seeks to End New York’s AIDS Epidemic” by Anemona Hartocollis) and in a press release issued by the Governor’s office.
June 29 Press Conference Statement by HW COO Matthew Bernardo
As the COO of Housing Works, I applaud Governor Cuomo for his courageous and bold declaration today. In making ending …
Posted on June 29, 2014 at 5:37 pm