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ACT UP's Legacy -- Panel in SF Recalls Queer AIDS Activism
On Saturday, March 24, long-time AIDS activists joined younger LGBTQ folks from Occupy SF for a panel discussion on the legacy of ACT UP. The panel was held on the 25th anniversary of ACT UP New York. Audio 21:49
Panel participants included:
Kenyon Farrow - NYC based writer and activist, former executive director of Queers for Economic Justice and current communications manager for Housing Works.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca - queer activist who has been part of social and economic justice movements since the 70’s to today, currently organizing in campaigns demanding affordable housing for all.
Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot - long-time activist, writer and videographer who was instrumental in the organization of the sex worker rights movement, as well as being part of ACT UP.
Cyd Nova - has been involved in the Occupy/Decolonize movement with queer economic justice group Homonomixxx. Organizer for transgender, sex worker and HIV prevention justice.
Dean Oullette - long time organizer with both ACT UP in San Francisco and in NYC. Advocate for sex workers.
Jorge Vieto - An HIV prevention worker for over 7 years and currently a staff member for STOP AIDS. Jorge has been a long time advocate for and member of the leather community.
Liz Highleyman (moderator) - freelance writer, editor, and health educator, ACT UP organizer and street medic for Occupy.