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AIDS Play 'The Normal Heart' Is a Guide During COVID-19 and Political Indifference

When national leadership isn't addressing a pandemic as it should, Larry Kramer, as playwright and activist, pens the only viable response: "Everyone's entitled to good medical care. If you're not getting it, you've got to fight for it."

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The Stirring 'BPM (Beats Per Minute)' Humanizes the AIDS Crisis

A force-of-nature performance by Nahuel Pérez Biscayart anchors Robin Campillo's stirring AIDS crisis drama.

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Is There Anything Left to Say About Julia Child? A Great Deal, in Fact

With The French Chef In America, readers get a fresh look at a beloved personality.

Books

Lillian Faderman's 'The Gay Revolution' Gives an Epic Sweep to a Story of Repression and Resistance

How does the amazing evolution in the image and status of gays and lesbians, as well as bisexual and transgender people, affect all Americans? What remains to be done?

Books

What Happens When Public Health Becomes a Battleground for the “Moral Language of Health&#8221

After the Wrath is an amazing read and full of thought-provoking ideas and theories about how religion – leaders, institutions, and policy – frames responses to disease.

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Has AIDS Been Lurking Amongst Us Since the '50s?

Many shoddy theories exist about the origins and evolution HIV/AIDS. Dorothy Crawford's work examines both in great, nail-biting detail.

Culture

'How to Survive a Plague': Critical Lessons for a New Era

How to Survive a Plague portrays an important era in LGBT history, a time when the gay community banded together in a way that politics or prejudice could never have fostered.

Music

Show Me Love: An Interview with Red Hot Organization Founder John Carlin

You probably own Dark Was the Night. Yet that double-disc epic is only one side of a story decades in the making, and with the new Red Hot + Rio 2, John Carlin is finding even more ways to merge pop culture with AIDS prevention ...

Jane Jansen Seymour
Film

What a Wonderful 'Life': An Interview with Director Oliver Schmitz

Life, Above All director Oliver Schmitz brings the best-selling novel Chanda's Secret to the big screen with a dazzling cast of African actresses. Schmitz chats with Nik Ruckert about the making of this universal South African tone poem about tolerance.

Nik Ruckert
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A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour

A middle-class man living with a terminal illness decides to quit his job and travel across the country, to say farewell to friends and family before taking his own life.

Books

28 Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen

28 Stories personalizes tragedy of AIDS in Africa.

Scott Fontaine
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