The AIDS Crisis
In 1981, a “rare cancer” first seen in a group of gay men primarily in New York and San Francisco eventually became a widespread epidemic more accurately known as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Amidst public apathy and government inaction, groups such as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) formed in New York in the 1980s to raise awareness and fight for an end to the disease.
This curated collection includes the residences of influential AIDS activists and artists, venues where fundraising events were held, and meeting and demonstration locations of AIDS organizations.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 11 )
The Staten Island AIDS Task Force, now Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI), opened its first office in this building at 25 Hyatt Street in 1988. In the mid-1990s,... Learn More
Author, playwright, and pioneering activist Larry Kramer resided in this Greenwich Village apartment for over three decades, until his death in 2020. His home was the founding location of Gay... Learn More
This Greek Revival rowhouse was the home of innovative record executive Melvin “Mel” Cheren and Paradise Garage founder Michael Brody beginning in 1973. In 1982, Cheren, an early AIDS activist,... Learn More