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Mobilizing New YorkAIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism$
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Tamar W. Carroll

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469619880

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619880.001.0001

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Turn Anger, Fear, Grief into Action

Turn Anger, Fear, Grief into Action

ACT UP New York

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(p.131) Chapter Five Turn Anger, Fear, Grief into Action
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Mobilizing New York
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Tamar W. Carroll

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619880.003.0005

This chapter demonstrates how ACT UP created a supportive queer community for people infected by HIV, as well as how the group changed the nation's response to the AIDS crisis. Through its art and actions, ACT UP developed an oppositional understanding of AIDS that rejected homophobia and sexual shame and instead called for universal health care and sexual privacy as human rights. Unlike MFY or NCNW, ACT UP generated a community based on affiliation, shared consciousness, and desire. ACT UP members embraced a fluid rather than fixed sexual identity, embracing the term “queer” to signify their rejection of normative sexuality, jettisoning binary understandings of sex and gender.

Keywords:   ACT UP, AIDS crisis, homophobia, sexual privacy, MFY, NCNW

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