We Were Here, AIDS documentary at 14 Pews

We Were HereWe Were Here, the award winning documentary of the early days of the AIDS crisis, premiers at 14 Pews theater (800 Aurora) Saturday, November 20, at 4:30 pm. The film, from director David Weissman, will be proceeded by a panel discussion on the state of the AIDS crisis today.

I came out in 1998, right at the tail end of the worst days of the AIDS crisis. I remember, with vivid clarity, the days of the walking wounded: when every other gay man I met would tell how their doctor said they should have died five years ago, when the community told time by recalling if an event took place before or after a certain person’s funeral.

Fortunately those days are largely behind us, but as new HIV infections continue to rise and we struggle to maintain funding for medications that are keeping people alive (at a cost of thousands of dollars a month), it’s important that we never forget the early days of the pandemic. For people of my generation and younger the mysterious “Gay Plague” that threatened our community in the early eighties can seem more like a fairy tale monster than the horrifying crisis it was, and is.

We Were Here tells the real life stories of five people who survived. Their mundane and profound recollections highlight, not only their personal experiences, but the broad political and social upheavals unleashed by the crisis. From their different vantage points as caregivers, activists, researchers, as friends and lovers of the afflicted, and as people with AIDS themselves, the interviewees share stories which are not only intensely personal, but which also illuminate the much larger themes of that era: the political and sexual complexities, and the terrible emotional toll. The film highlights the role of women – particularly lesbians – in caring for and fighting for their gay brothers.

Tickets for We Were Here are $10 and can be purchased at 14pews.org.

After the jump watch the trailer for We Were Here.

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Elsewhere on this Sat. night, a grown man is doing this to a gay person’s wedding photo

In almost six years of G-A-Y, I’ve never once attacked a person, always instead focusing on the issues. And even though the bizarrely obsessive anti-LGBT entity that is Peter LaBarbera has chosen to do this to my and my husband’s wedding photo…..

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…I still won’t attack this person in anger.

Peter (presumably) has his own conscience and shame system to answer to. Nothing I could say hear would exacerbate the questions that surely (or at least should) weigh on his and his loved ones’ minds.

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*EARLIER: Just days before the ceremony, Pete wrote me an unsolicited email for the sole purpose condemning my wedding: Because a toaster would’ve been too sane [G-A-Y]

**EARLIER2: A second condemnation, from this past spring: The state of NY (by way of CT) happens to disagree

**EARLIER3: Fortunately a more prominent American personality saw joy in our union: As Goes Martha [G-A-Y]




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