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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Terrible Advice On Turning Your Lesbian Daughter Straight

I have never heard of The Ladies Monthly, but I have to assume it's a parody site, sort of like ChristWire.org? After all, they're recommending American women show solidarity with our troops in the Middle East by wearing hijab swimsuits in red, white, and blue colors. And then there's that whole piece on why readers should support bestiality, because after all, "Ladies’ Monthly Research Lab has found that even today as we live in big cities, 53,8% of the American population regularly engages in naughty play with beasts big and small," which isn't true. (It's closer to 52.5%.) So when I got through "Setting Your Gay Daughter Straight," I didn't react like the 50+ commenters calling its author a "horrible person" for recommending parents retrain their gay daughters to be straight by "remind[ing] your daughter of the moral atrocity she is committing, as well as the ramifications of her decisions to her God." I mean, this is a straight up LOL, right?

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Wow, unexpected: Terrible #DADT policy earns awesome court smackdown

A federal court in California today ruled in favor of plaintiffs in the case challenging the constitutionality of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips decided in favor of Log Cabin Republicans and their lawsuit against the 1993 law banning open service in the U.S. military.

BREAKING STORY: Federal court overturns ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ [Wash. Blade]

**FULL OPINION:



DADT — US District, virginia phillips

**MORE: Servicemembers United’s statement:

This is an historic moment and an historic ruling for the gay military community,” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and a multi-lingual U.S. Army interrogator who was discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ “As the only named injured party in this case, I am exceedingly proud to have been able to represent all who have been impacted and had their lives ruined by this blatantly unconstitutional policy. We are finally on our way to vindication.




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