March is not only Women’s History Month, but it also marks the anniversary (the 34th this year) of ACT UP–the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Over the past twenty years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet, interview and photograph many LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS activists, many of them ACT UP activists. In the process, I’ve discovered mentors and role models.
Here are a few of my interviews and photo shoots with ACT UP activists. Hope that their stories of resilience will inspire you, too.
Alina Oswald is a writer, photographer and educator covering LGBTQ+ related stories, documenting the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and, most recently, Coronavirus pandemic. Published nationally and internationally, she is a member of the Undetectable flash collective, Arts Editor of A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine, columnist at Out IN Jersey Magazine, and also the author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston. Contact her online at alinaoswald.com.
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