Sprouts:LGBTQ Women in AIDS Activism - Part 1  
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Sprouts  LGBTQ Women in AIDS Activism - Part 1   OutCasting 0051 
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Sprouts  Weekly Program  For non-profit use only. 
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Part 1 of a 2 part series.

This week, Sprouts presents OutCasting, public radio's LGBTQ youth program.

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 didnt 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, journalist and activist  
Notes: Credits:
Sprouts is a weekly program that features local radio production and stories from many radio stations and local media groups around the world. It is produced in collaboration with community radio stations and independent producers across the country. The program is coordinated and distributed by Pacifica Radio and offered free of charge to all radio stations. For information, or if you would like to feature your work on Sprouts, contact Ursula Ruedenberg at ursula@pacifica.org.   OutCasting youth participants Lauren, Alex, Andrea, Dante, Dhruv, Griffin, Julia, Max, Sophe, Quinn, Nico, Lucas. Assistant producer Josh Valle, Executive Producer Marc Sophos. 
Human Rights | Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans | Sexuality / Romance  
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View Script    10-17-2018  English 
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