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Act Up Oral History ProjectSex in an Epidemic

production credits

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR
Jean Carlomusto

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Shanti Avirgan

MUSIC COMPOSER
Sam Sutton

INTERVIEWS
Jean Carlomusto

FISCAL SPONSOR
Village Zendo

FUNDING:
Bruce Brothers
Gill Foundation
Long Island University Research Grant;
Christine Myogestu Swann
Alexis Danzig, In Memory of Allan Danzig

ARCHIVAL MATERIALS:
Act Up New York
Act Up Philadelphia
Richard Berkowitz
DIVA Collective
Gay Men's Health Crisis
Family of George Harris III, aka Hibiscus
Gregory Pickup
LGBT Community Center, NYC
LOVE Collective
Lesbian Herstory Archives
New York Public Library
POZ Magazine
SEICUS
Testing the Limits Collective
UN Visual Material Library

selected interview / cast list

Michael Shernoff
Micheal Shernoff was an early volunteer for Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and became one of the first social workers in the United States to address AIDS in a private psychotherapy practice. He wrote many articles and offered training for both mental health professionals and patients on dealing with mental health aspects of gay sexuality and living with HIV and AIDS. In 1985 he and Luis Palacios-Jim³nez created the workshop Hot, Horny and Healthy: Eroticizing Gay Sex for a GMHC conference. The workshop, intended to teach gay men how to continue to engage in sexual activity without risking HIV transmission, was eventually presented in cities across North America. After a partner died from AIDS, Shernoff produced an anthology entitled Gay Widowers: Life after the Death of a Partner that ten years later was described as still being the only book to address the specific challenges of grief for gay men who have lost their partners.

Kenyon Farrow
Kenyon Farrow has been working as an organizer, communications strategist, and writer on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons, and homophobia. As a Policy Institute Fellow with the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), Kenyon is working on a report about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black gay men in the U.S. Kenyon also served as press coordinator with a US delegation of advocates at the 2008 International AIDS Conference coordinated by Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) to advocate for a National AIDS Strategy with other advocates from the US, which resulted in international press on the issue. Farrow is also a founding board member with FIERCE!, served as Board Co-chair for Queers for Economic Justice, on the National Organizing Body for Critical Resistance, and was CRÍs first Southern Region Coordinator based in New Orleans.

Cynthia Gomez
Cynthia A. Gomez, Ph.D., the founding director of San Francisco State University's Health Equity Initiatives, leads efforts to enhance and integrate campus research, curricula, community service and training programs that address health disparities and/or promote health equity in the United States. A leading scientist in HIV prevention, she previously served as co director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at University of California, San Francisco, where she was also an associate professor in the Department of Medicine. Prior to her work with CAPS, Dr. Gomez spent 12 years working in community health settings, including five years as director of a child and family mental health center in Boston. Dr. Gomez is a pioneer in research on cultural determinants of sexual behaviors, gender dynamics, and programs for people living with HIV. She has served on several national committees, including the Center for Disease Control's HIV and STD Advisory Council, and is a member of the board of trustees of the National AIDS Fund and the Guttmacher Institute. She was an appointed member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under both the William J. Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

Maxine Wolfe
Maxine Wolfe, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Psychology at The City University of New York Graduate School, where she specialized in Women and AIDS, women and the environment, and lesbian and gay issues. Wolfe was a Coordinator of Direct Action for ACT-UP, and a cofounder of its WomenÍs Caucus and the ACT-UP National Women's Committee. She was also a co-founder of the Lesbian Avengers, a member of Queer Nation, a coordinator of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and is a long time political activist.

Anne-Christine d'Adesky
Anne-christine d'Adesky is a journalist, author, filmmaker and community AIDS activist. She is the founder and Co-Executive Director of WE-ACTx (WomenÍs Equity in Access to Care and Treatment) that provides HIV treatment to Rwandan genocide rape survivors. She is also the Executive Director of AIDS, Medicine & Miracles, and a San Francisco-based national AIDS organization that offers holistic HIV educational programs. Ms. dÍAdesky is also one of the filmmakers for the Outcast Films release: PILLS PROFITS PROTEST: CHRONICLE OF THE GLOBAL AIDS MOVEMENT.

Julie Davids
Julie Davids is Co-Director at the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), after serving as the group's founding Executive Director and Senior Consultant. Davids has worked on campaigns for needle exchange, health care access, research issues, and the rights of people of all genders, and served as a community advocate in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). Davids helped to start Project TEACH (Treatment Education Activists Combating HIV), which provides activist and leadership training for people living with HIV at Philadelphia FIGHT and was the first community organizer for Health GAP, an activist group dedicated to eliminating barriers to access to HIV/AIDS treatment around the world. After a year-long Charles H. Revson fellowship at Columbia University, DavidÍs founded CHAMP in 2003 where she developed an analysis of the history and future of HIV/AIDS as a social struggle tied to economic, racial and human rights.

Davids is the past co-chair of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP) and is on the steering committees of the Caucus for Evidence-Based Prevention and the International Rectal Microbicides Advocates. Currently, DavidÍs is the board co-chair for the Providence Youth and Student Movement (PrYSM), non-profit Southeast Asian youth-led organization whose vision is end all forms of violence, whether they come from the self, the community, or from institutions and systems.

Waheedah Shabazz El

Waheedah Shabazz-El is a Community Organizer and Trainer with the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP). Waheedah, a retired Postal Worker, was diagnosed with AIDS in 2003 and since her diagnosis, has become a fervent member of the social justice movement and an AIDS activist, advocate, educator and community organizer. Waheedah is a graduate of Project TEACH Outside and Project TEACH, educational advocacy programs at Philadelphia FIGHT and is currently employed by Philadelphia FIGHT as an HIV counselor and tester and volunteers as a peer educator. She is an organizer for the Philadelphia County Coalition for Prison Health-Care, an editor of Prison Health newsletter, and a member of the PRHCN (Prison Re-Entry Health-Care Network). In addition, she is the Community Constituency Representative for the INSIGHT Clinical Trials Network at Temple University Hospital and serves as Vice Chair of the Penn Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board.

ADDITIONAL INTERVIEWS: George Bellinger JR; Cynthia Gomez; Kristen Leathers; Magali Romero; Dionne Toussaint; A. Toni Young; Jose DeMarco



 


 

 

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