Hidden Figures for the AIDS Epidemic

Event Type: Adults
Date: 4/16/2019
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
 You won't find their names in women's history books or documentaries about HIV/AIDS. Noe's presentation reveals never-before-told stories. From famous women like Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana to nuns, debutantes, and activists, you'll discover how they changed the course of the epidemic around the world.

A new book is the first to showcase a captivating chapter in American women’s history and in the AIDS crisis. Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community shines a light on the courage, defiance, and compassion displayed by heterosexual women who came forth when the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s was decimating both the gay community and communities of color across America.

Facing public ridicule and censure, these women nonetheless took a stand and became angels of mercy, caring for the sick and dying, while also fearlessly lobbying for treatment and drug policy reform to help people with AIDS who faced stigma and discrimination.

Fag Hags, Divas and Moms was written by longtime author and essayist Victoria Noe, a veteran member of Chicago’s AIDS community. Noe had been a fundraiser for AIDS service organizations and had lost scores of friends to the epidemic. She began working on this book five years ago, after realizing that no one else had chronicled the stories of straight women who became valued allies to shunned members of the HIV/AIDS community.
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