A rarely-seen episode of the Phil Donahue Show that featured appearances by several of the the original members of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), one of the leading AIDS awareness and advocacy groups founded in the late 1980s, has been uploaded to YouTube.
The landmark episode, which first aired on February 13, 1990, during the height of the AIDS pandemic, features fascinating archival news footage as well as interviews with now legendary HIV/AIDS activists Larry Kramer, Mark Harrington, Peter Staley, Ann Northrop, and Robert Garcia. It gives a rare look at just how dire and politicized the issue of HIV/AIDS was at that time, how truly ignorant some people were about the epidemic and serves as an important reminder of how far we’ve come, but also how far we’ve yet to go. And let’s take this opportunity to commend Donahue for giving ACT UP such a public platform at a time when it wasn’t always popular to do so.
Check out the full episode below.
H/t: Dave Evans