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 and photographer published nationally and internationally, covering LGBTQIA, HIV and AIDS, and COVID-19-related stories. She is the Managing Editor of A&U--Art & Understanding Magazine and the Arts Editor of Out IN Jersey Magazine. As a photographer, Alina Oswald works with small businesses and business professionals, covering portraits, events, and promotional photography. As a teaching photographer, she teaches and mentors teen and adult students. For more details, contact her at alinaoswald.com.
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