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GLBT History Museum: Fighting Back: Treatment & Research Activism

May 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event will take place online. You will need to register so that we can send you the Zoom link for the event. Please scroll down to “How to Participate” for more information. The event will also be livestreamed, and then archived, on our YouTube page at https://bit.ly/2UyGVbG.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S.—and the federal government’s woefully inadequate response—led to a new paradigm of empowerment led by people with HIV/AIDS and supporters. They fought for and won radical improvements to everything from research funding and improved design of clinical research, to early access to investigational therapies, to more equitable treatment-access programs. A panel of activists, policymakers, researchers and historians will examine how the lessons learned from fighting for HIV/AIDS treatment and research might help in the fight against COVID-19.

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.


A full list of panelists will be available soon.

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.

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.

Attendees will be able to participate as a virtual audience by asking questions, participating in polls and chatting with one another and panelists.

We will also be livestreaming this event on the GLBT Historical Society YouTube channel and linking to the video on social media.

Free | Suggested donation of $5.00
Register online here: https://bit.ly/2S0DEjQ
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: The “People With AIDS” contingent in the 1983 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade; photo by Marie Ueda, Marie Ueda Photographs (2006-12), GLBT Historical Society.


May 27
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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