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Their AIDS Crisis and Ours

Hosted by
Thorne Harbour Health

Wednesday, 25 November, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Event details
Cost: Free
Appropriate age/s: Predominantly For Adults
Further information: Event website


A black and white historic photograph from the 1980s with 5 gay men standing together in a line, holding each other and smiling. They each wear a white t-shirt with symbols on the front, from a campaign to raise HIV awareness.

Event Description

With World AIDS Day coming up on December 1st, join historian Graham Willett to reflect on the responses to the AIDS epidemic.

In the early 1980s, as the likely scope of the AIDS epidemic became clear two responses were developed – on the one hand, a punitive lock-them-up campaign driven more by fear and hate than science. On the other a community-based partnership between the gay community and its friends, the newly elected Labor government and the medical profession. Each brought their own particular set of skills and resources to the campaign. The result was a model of health policy that saved tens of thousands of lives and saw off an attempt to roll back the queer communities’ gains of the previous decade. In this lecture, historian Graham Willett will look at what we did and why it worked.

Please register via the Eventbrite page.

This World AIDS Day, please consider donating to help Thorne Harbour Health continue the fight against HIV.

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