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GLBT History Museum: Fighting Back: Harm Reduction — Managing Risk & Social Needs

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

SARS-CoV-2 is not HIV. But can the hard-won lessons of HIV prevention help fight this new virus? As of June 1, most of us have been sheltering in place, or at least facing restrictions on our activities, for ten weeks or more. Psychologists have cautioned that the indefinite curtailment of our ability to socialize—at work, with friends, and at community-based hobbies—is not sustainable from a mental-health perspective. As different states and jurisdictions gradually loosen restrictions, how can we promote ongoing safe public-health initiatives while not giving up on all the activities and interactions that make life worth living?

A panel of community historians, harm-reduction experts and AIDS educators will consider what harm-reduction and risk-management strategies from the AIDS crisis might point our way forward as our responses to COVID-19 continue to evolve.

Our “Fighting Back” series is an intergenerational discussion that brings together community leaders, experts, historians and activists to explore lessons from the past that might be useful in formulating “resistance” efforts today.


Terry Beswick (moderator) has served as executive director of the GLBT Historical Society since 2016. At the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, he was a founding member of the local ACT UP and was the first national coordinator of ACT NOW, the national AIDS activist network. He advocated for HIV/AIDS research and treatment with Project Inform, the Human Rights Campaign and the White House Office of HIV/AIDS Policy. After the advent of effective treatments for HIV, Beswick worked as a journalist for the Bay Area Reporter and other LGBTQ community publications. More recently, he spearheaded a successful campaign to save and renovate the Castro Country Club for the queer recovery community and co-founded the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District. He holds an MFA in playwriting from San Francisco State University. Beswick has been named a Community Grand Marshal for the 50th Anniversary San Francisco LGBTQ Pride Parade and Celebration in 2020.

Kenyon Farrow is a writer and activist. He is currently the senior editor of TheBody.com and TheBodyPro.com.

Monique Tula is the executive director of Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of people affected by drug use. Previously, she was the vice president of programs with AIDS United, where she oversaw the grantmaking and technical assistance portfolios. With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Tula has devoted her career to harm reduction advocacy and infrastructure development of community-based organizations.

This event will take place online. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions on how to join the Zoom webinar as an attendee. The event will also be livestreamed, and then archived, on our YouTube page at https://bit.ly/2UyGVbG.

Free | Suggested donation of $5.00
Register online here: https://bit.ly/2LMYxvm
The event is limited to 500 attendees.

Become a member of the GLBT Historical Society for free museum and program admission, discounts in the museum shop and other perks: www.glbthistory.org/memberships

Image credit: A National Condom Week flyer from 1995; Beowulf Thorne Papers (2003-10), GLBT Historical Society.


June 3
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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