Michael Lucas on Reviving AIDS Art
BY Michael Lucas
November 04 2010 4:00 PM ET
The troubling rise in HIV cases among urban gay men should be evidence enough that drastic changes in policy and increased funding for awareness, treatment, and prevention are imminently necessary. On the one hand, I am disappointed with the news media and the government for not taking more action on our behalf. However, I cannot say that it is surprising, given the history of the AIDS crisis in the United States, that we must continue to fight and advocate for ourselves in order to be heard. In revisiting the stories and histories of the crisis, activists and forebears are sharing their knowledge and experiences with a new generation of gay men and women. The recent revivals and reexaminations of the initial fight against HIV and AIDS will, I hope, inspire a new generation of activists to continue the fight against HIV in our community and against indifference from our society.