HISTORY OF AN EPIDEMIC

Commemorate ACT UP’s 25th Anniversary By Hearing Story Of Game-Changing AIDS Activists

Democracy Now! has done an in-depth interview with David France, the filmmaker behind AIDS activism doc How to Survive A Plague, and Peter Staley, one of France’s subjects.

Staley was diagnosed with AIDS-Related Complex in the fall of 1985 and left his high-paying bond-broker job at JP Morgan to join ACT UP  as one of its most vocal members. Having lived nearly 27 years with the disease, he’s among the longest-surviving people with AIDS. Queerty covered the doc back when it premiered at Sundance, but this interview offers additional insights and footage from Plague. Skip to the 13:15 mark for the start of the interviews.