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Jan 3
LGBTQ* Films and Where To Find Them
Gaining access to LGBTQ* films is (often very) difficult. Years ago, individuals would comb Blockbuster and local video shelves looking for representation. Today, many people rely on Netflix. Remember, as consumers, Netflix and other streaming websites (such as Amazon Instant) collect viewer data. If individuals continue to watch LGBTQ* content and retain their accounts in order to view LGBTQ* content, Netflix and other companies will continue to invest in material for their consumers. 
If you have a Netflix account and are in a safe place to do so, pop some popcorn and open a browser. Who knows, you may be expanding your understanding of history and find some of it empowering and entertaining.

*KNOWhomo is not affiliated with Netflix.com in any way. The documentaries above were recommended to me, based on my Netflix profile.*

The following information is copied directly from Netflix.  Documentaries featured above:
We Were Here (2011)The AIDS crisis forever changed gay culture in San Francisco, as examined in this absorbing documentary from David Weissman, who explores the disease’s impact on five individuals. Vintage film clips accompany their sobering stories.
How to Survive a Plague (2012) Faced with their own mortality, a group of mostly HIV-positive young people break the mold in taking on Washington and the medical establishment.
Paris is Burning (1990) Piercing New York City’s tightknit community of minority drag queens, this 1990 documentary offers a look at the underground dance style of “voguing.”
Small Town Gay Bar (2006) Filmmaker Malcolm Ingram reveals the surprisingly close-knit community centered around two gay bars in the American Deep South.

LGBTQ* Films and Where To Find Them

Gaining access to LGBTQ* films is (often very) difficult. Years ago, individuals would comb Blockbuster and local video shelves looking for representation. Today, many people rely on Netflix. Remember, as consumers, Netflix and other streaming websites (such as Amazon Instant) collect viewer data. If individuals continue to watch LGBTQ* content and retain their accounts in order to view LGBTQ* content, Netflix and other companies will continue to invest in material for their consumers. 

If you have a Netflix account and are in a safe place to do so, pop some popcorn and open a browser. Who knows, you may be expanding your understanding of history and find some of it empowering and entertaining.

*KNOWhomo is not affiliated with Netflix.com in any way. The documentaries above were recommended to me, based on my Netflix profile.*

The following information is copied directly from Netflix.  Documentaries featured above:

  1. We Were Here (2011)The AIDS crisis forever changed gay culture in San Francisco, as examined in this absorbing documentary from David Weissman, who explores the disease’s impact on five individuals. Vintage film clips accompany their sobering stories.
  2. How to Survive a Plague (2012) Faced with their own mortality, a group of mostly HIV-positive young people break the mold in taking on Washington and the medical establishment.
  3. Paris is Burning (1990) Piercing New York City’s tightknit community of minority drag queens, this 1990 documentary offers a look at the underground dance style of “voguing.”
  4. Small Town Gay Bar (2006) Filmmaker Malcolm Ingram reveals the surprisingly close-knit community centered around two gay bars in the American Deep South.
Dec 3

nothing for world AIDS day?

Anonymous

Please excuse us for this. (I am speaking on behalf of all of the moderators. This is Rebecca.)

We have all fallen drastically behind this last week. Many of last week’s posts were queues  (Ruth Elizabeth was a rock star and supplied many of them). 

KNOWhomo does try to post information about HIV/AIDS and STIs throughout the year. (previous posts) Many of the moderators also took time to participate or reflect on those with and supporting those with HIV/AIDS. 

We hope each member of the KNOWhomo family takes a moment after reading this post to research their nearest testing center (find one in the U.S. HERE), attend a lecture or discussion, volunteer, read any literature/watch films about HIV and AIDS, and continue to educated themselves throughout their lives.

We need to all be supportive. This is not exclusively a LGBTQ* history.

Though, it is important that you know some of the strongest voices of the community rose during the 80s during the SILENCE = DEATH (ActUP!) demonstrations and public outcry for government attention in the United States and all over the world. (I am currently working my way through The Pink and the Black, which focuses on France.)

The AIDS quilt has captured both LGBTQ*/heterosexual/ally histories for over two decades now. ZELDA RUBINSTEIN was the safe sex gay mother we all needed to hear from in the early 80s.  KEITH HARING's art remains one of the most recognizable voices of art activism. TONY KUSHNER's Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play ANGELS IN AMERICA has challenged audience and theatre’s tech crews for nearly two decades. The Mermaid would have never regained her voice, the Beast never known his soul, and a Gutter Rat would have never found a Genie, Princess or had his final wish granted without the genius of HOWARD ASHMAN

Our community may have never started collecting and sharing personal stories at such a concentrated level had it not been for this epidemic.

We are here.

We are all (no matter what sexual orientation or gender identity) in this together.

WE WILL -

Keep On, Keeping On!

-Rebecca

LGBTQ* KNOW Your Status
Statistics from AIDS.gov
Gay, Bisexual, and Other
Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM):
By risk group, gay, bisexual, and other MSM of all races remain the population most severely affected by HIV.
MSM account for more than half (53%) of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, as well as nearly half (48%) of people living with HIV.
While CDC estimates that MSM account for just 4% of the U.S. male population aged 13 and older, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the U.S. is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women.
White MSM account for the largest number of annual new HIV infections of any group in the U.S., followed closely by black MSM.
MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections have been increasing since the early 1990s.
Note: You sexual education is often left to your own research. Many schools do not provide strong Sexual Education classes. More schools do not offer any safe sex information for the LGBTQ* community. 
Educate Yourself. 
Be an example. Be a better person. Be Safe!
To find an HIV/AIDS testing center near you, check in with the National HIV and STD Testing Resource Page.

LGBTQ* KNOW Your Status

Statistics from AIDS.gov

Gay, Bisexual, and Other

Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM):

By risk group, gay, bisexual, and other MSM of all races remain the population most severely affected by HIV.

  • MSM account for more than half (53%) of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, as well as nearly half (48%) of people living with HIV.
  • While CDC estimates that MSM account for just 4% of the U.S. male population aged 13 and older, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the U.S. is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women.
  • White MSM account for the largest number of annual new HIV infections of any group in the U.S., followed closely by black MSM.
  • MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections have been increasing since the early 1990s.

Note: You sexual education is often left to your own research. Many schools do not provide strong Sexual Education classes. More schools do not offer any safe sex information for the LGBTQ* community. 

Educate Yourself. 

Be an example. Be a better person. Be Safe!

To find an HIV/AIDS testing center near you, check in with the National HIV and STD Testing Resource Page.

Jun 8
LGBTQ* Bans and Health Codes 
Since 1983, during the advancing years of HIV/AIDS scare, the FAC (Federal Advisory Committee) has placed a ban on gay* men donating blood. When filling out the blood donation questionnaire provided, donors are asked (if male) if they have slept with another male since 1977. If they answer yes, they are then told they cannot donate.
The FAC will be reviewing the policy again in the next few years (it failed to overturn the ban in 2010). 

LGBTQ* Bans and Health Codes 

Since 1983, during the advancing years of HIV/AIDS scare, the FAC (Federal Advisory Committee) has placed a ban on gay* men donating blood. When filling out the blood donation questionnaire provided, donors are asked (if male) if they have slept with another male since 1977. If they answer yes, they are then told they cannot donate.

The FAC will be reviewing the policy again in the next few years (it failed to overturn the ban in 2010). 

KNOW Your Status.
KNOW Your Partner’s Status.
KNOWledge! 

GYT (Get Yourself Tested)

National HIV and STD Testing Resource page: http://www.hivtest.org/

KNOW Your Status.

KNOW Your Partner’s Status.

KNOWledge! 

GYT (Get Yourself Tested)

National HIV and STD Testing Resource page: http://www.hivtest.org/

LGBTQ* Flag History : Gay/Lesbian Pride Flag 

#1: Gilbert Baker created the first flag shown (1978) - You can read more HERE

#2: Gay/Lesbian Pride Flag (1978-1979)

#3: Breakdown of each color and what it represents

#4: Rise over AIDS Pride Flag (late 1980s)

#5: Current Pride Flag

Mar 3
LGBTQ* KNOW Your Status
Statistics from AIDS.gov

Gay, Bisexual, and Other
Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM):
By risk group, gay, bisexual, and other MSM of all races remain the population most severely affected by HIV.
MSM account for more than half (53%) of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, as well as nearly half (48%) of people living with HIV.
While CDC estimates that MSM account for just 4% of the U.S. male population aged 13 and older, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the U.S. is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women.
White MSM account for the largest number of annual new HIV infections of any group in the U.S., followed closely by black MSM.
MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections have been increasing since the early 1990s.
Note: You sexual education is often left to your own research. Many schools do not provide strong Sexual Education classes. More schools do not offer any safe sex information for the LGBTQ* community. 
Educate Yourself. 
Be an example. Be a better person. Be Safe!
To find an HIV/AIDS testing center near you, check in with the National HIV and STD Testing Resource Page.

LGBTQ* KNOW Your Status

Statistics from AIDS.gov

Gay, Bisexual, and Other

Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM):

By risk group, gay, bisexual, and other MSM of all races remain the population most severely affected by HIV.

  • MSM account for more than half (53%) of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, as well as nearly half (48%) of people living with HIV.
  • While CDC estimates that MSM account for just 4% of the U.S. male population aged 13 and older, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the U.S. is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women.
  • White MSM account for the largest number of annual new HIV infections of any group in the U.S., followed closely by black MSM.
  • MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections have been increasing since the early 1990s.

Note: You sexual education is often left to your own research. Many schools do not provide strong Sexual Education classes. More schools do not offer any safe sex information for the LGBTQ* community. 

Educate Yourself. 

Be an example. Be a better person. Be Safe!

To find an HIV/AIDS testing center near you, check in with the National HIV and STD Testing Resource Page.

Feb 8

LBGTQ* Artists You Should Know

Keith Haring (1958-1990) - Artist, Activist

LGBTQ* Monologues, Plays and Movie Adaptations You Should Know

Angels in America - Tony Kushner (playwright)

Prior: The fountain’s not flowing now, they turn it off in the winter. Ice in the pipes. But in the summer…it’s a sight to see, and I want to be around to see it. I plan to be, I hope to be. This disease will be the end of many of us, but not nearly all. And the dead will be commemorated, and will struggle on with the living and we are not going away. We won’t die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward, we will be citizens. The time has come. Bye now, you are fabulous each and every one and I bless you. More life, the great work begins.

LGBTQ* People You Should Know

Howard Ashman (May 17, 1950 – March 14, 1991)

* Playwright and Lyricist

* Wrote notably for Broadway and Disney

* Worked with creative partner/composing partner Alan Menken

* Wrote lyrics for Frank Oz for the musical Little Shop of Horrors

* Wrote lyrics for Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

* Wrote the lyrics for select songs for Disney’s Aladdin (Arabian Nights, Friend Like Me and Prince Ali)

* Passed from AIDS-related complications in 1991

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is dedicated to Ashman:

“To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.”

(Ashman pictured below with puppet #3 from Little Shop of Horrors)

Dec 1
December 1st — World Aids Day

Learn. Educate. Live.

December 1st — World Aids Day

Learn. Educate. Live.

Nov 2
LGBTQ* Allies You Should Know
(and probably never heard of)
ZELDA RUBINSTEIN
(following text from ADVOCATE)
The fearless contributions of one tough “mother.
Back in 1984, when the mere mention of aids induced panic, Poltergeistactress Zelda Rubinstein did something truly brave by lending her face to one of the first state-funded safe-sex campaigns directed at gay men.
 Posters depicting Rubinstein as a caring mom urging her “sons” to play safe were plastered all over Los Angeles’s buses and buildings before going national and then international-they were spotted on phone booths as far away as Madrid. 
"I paid a very big price careerwise," Rubinstein says of the attention, which predated Elizabeth Taylor’s and Madonna’s AIDS involvement by at least a year. 
A quarter century after their debut, Rubinstein’s posters have found a second life — no séances required. Physician Irene Adams, an AIDS specialist in Brazil, is bringing Mother’s lessons to her nation as part of a new youth outreach initiative. 
The 76-year-old Rubinstein is ready to help once again: “I would do a fund-raiser for this cause anywhere in the world.

(Rubinstein passed in 2010)

LGBTQ* Allies You Should Know

(and probably never heard of)

ZELDA RUBINSTEIN

(following text from ADVOCATE)

The fearless contributions of one tough “mother.

Back in 1984, when the mere mention of aids induced panic, Poltergeistactress Zelda Rubinstein did something truly brave by lending her face to one of the first state-funded safe-sex campaigns directed at gay men.

Posters depicting Rubinstein as a caring mom urging her “sons” to play safe were plastered all over Los Angeles’s buses and buildings before going national and then international-they were spotted on phone booths as far away as Madrid.

"I paid a very big price careerwise," Rubinstein says of the attention, which predated Elizabeth Taylor’s and Madonna’s AIDS involvement by at least a year.

A quarter century after their debut, Rubinstein’s posters have found a second life — no séances required. Physician Irene Adams, an AIDS specialist in Brazil, is bringing Mother’s lessons to her nation as part of a new youth outreach initiative.

The 76-year-old Rubinstein is ready to help once again: “I would do a fund-raiser for this cause anywhere in the world.

(Rubinstein passed in 2010)

Sep 9
Photographer and Subjects Unknown
Taken in San Francisco in the 1980s.

—from the documentary We Were Here  about the early days of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.A. 

Photographer and Subjects Unknown

Taken in San Francisco in the 1980s.

—from the documentary We Were Here  about the early days of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.A. 

AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT NATIONAL DISPLAY SCHEDULE

AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT NATIONAL DISPLAY SCHEDULE