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.

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  • Just being real

    The 80s called, your AIDS paranoia and politics are outdated.

  • Peter Staley

    Just some minor corrections. I worked at JP Morgan, not Morgan Stanley. I was diagnosed with “AIDS-Related Complex” in ’85, and only later received an AIDS diagnosis, after my CD4s fell below 200. But thanks for the plug!

  • Edouard de Mas

    @Just being real: There are 50,000 people each year that get get infected with AIDS in America. 61% of new HIV infections are in our community. The CDC CDC reports that there’s a 48% increase in new HIV infections among black gay and bisexual men men ages 13 to 29. Paranoia? Don’t be so sure.

  • The Real Mike in Asheville

    @Just being real: Go back to school little boy and learn about how your right to be freer from discrimination was won by those of us who fought, fought hard, to get HIV/AIDS funding for research, treatment, and care.

    “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it” — Winston Churchill

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