OutCasting:OutCasting 0051 - LGBTQ women and AIDS activism 
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OutCasting  OutCasting 0051 - LGBTQ women and AIDS activism   
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OutCasting Media  Monthly Program  For non-profit use only. 
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AUDIO PROMOS AVAILABLE -- SEE PROGRAM NOTES BELOW.

This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Part 2 will be posted on Audioport on September 1, 2018.

(August 1, 2018) The AIDS crisis exacted a terrible toll on LGBTQ people and other populations. In the early years of the epidemic, an AIDS diagnosis was almost invariably fatal. In the U.S., the groups most affected were gay men, intravenous drug users, hemophiliacs, and Haitians. Because gay men were among the first populations to be identified as high risk, AIDS was known in the early years as a gay disease, and because of that, people with AIDS were highly stigmatized. In fact, before the disease was called AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), it was called GRID - Gay Related Immunodeficiency Disease.

Barely a decade after the Stonewall riots marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement and an increased level visibility and freedom for LGBTQ people, AIDS precipitated a backlash. The federal government, which had sprung into action when a small number of Americans contracted Legionnaire's disease, was almost completely unresponsive during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, as dozens of initial cases became hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands. Notoriously, President Ronald Reagan didn't publicly utter the word AIDS until several years into the epidemic. The general public sentiment ranged from indifference to "you brought this on yourself" hostility.

Affected and infected populations had to be activists in ways that had little parallel with other diseases. LGBTQ women were in one of the population groups least at risk for contracting the disease, yet many of them played very important roles in AIDS activism. What drew them into the movement?

In this edition of OutCasting, youth participant Lauren begins a two-part conversation with Ann Northrop, a longtime journalist and activist. Ann is the co-host of Gay USA, TVs weekly LGBT news hour. During the years at the height of the epidemic, she was active in New Yorks ACT UP - the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power - an influential group that countered public indifference and worked to spur the government into action. 
Ann Northrop, longtime journalist and activist 
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OutCasting is public radio's LGBTQ youth program, produced every month and featuring in-depth coverage of LGBTQ issues as seen from a fresh youth perspective. Available by the first day of every month. 29:00 duration.

We also produce OutCasting Overtime, generally shorter pieces in the range of 4 to 7 minutes, also available here on Audioport. Overtime pieces are suitable for use as drop-ins for longer programs. They're also available by the first day of every month.

Audio promos for this edition of OutCasting (29 and 59 seconds) with time at the end for your local tag are available here on Audioport as mp3 files. You can download wav files of these promos at

http://wdfh.org/pacifica/outcasting-promos/oc-0051-lgbtq-women-and-aids-activism-1-of-2-2018-08-01/
 
OutCasting youth participants Lauren, Alex, Andrea, Dante, Griffin, Julia, Max, Sophe, Quinn, Nico, Lucas, and Dhruv. Assistant producer Josh Valle, Executive Producer Marc Sophos. 
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Public Health and Safety | Sexuality / Romance | Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans  
 
 
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