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Fighting Back | Stop AIDS Now or Else: Protest as Community Catalyst

  • GLBT Historical Society Museum 4127 18th Street San Francisco, CA, 94114 United States (map)


GLBT Historical Society Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114


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The latest in the GLBT Historical Society's monthly "Fighting Back" series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, this community forum commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Stop AIDS Now or Else sit-in on the Golden Gate Bridge during morning rush hour on January 21, 1989. Bringing traffic on the bridge to a halt, the activists insisted there would be "no more business as usual" until the government and society as a whole addressed the AIDS crisis. 

SANOE brought together a diverse group of individuals from a range of organizations to carry out innovative and highly visible protests centered on nonviolent direct action. Their efforts helped build a wider community movement for understanding inequality and galvanizing change.

A panel of allies, organizers, activists and historians will reflect on what it meant to be an AIDS activist and organizer then, and how that activism has shifted over time according to our needs today.

Moderated by: Deborah Gould

Panelists include: Deeg Gold, Waiyde Palmer, Mike Shriver

Photo credit: Activists from Stop AIDS Now or Else staged a sit-in on the Golden Gate Bridge during morning rush hour on January 21, 1989 -- the only time in history protesters halted traffic on the bridge. Photo: Rick Gerharter; used with permission.