The young people now at risk of contracting HIV weren't alive at the height of the epidemic and live in a world where HIV and AIDS are considered "manageable." In contrast, those who came of age in the 80s remember all too well when a diagnosis was a death sentence. Can these two groups find ways to work together to end AIDS once and for all? Join Tracy Baim, Victoria Noe, and Zach Stafford on the 37th World AIDS Day to hear from both sides, and add your voice to the discussion.
TRACY BAIM is co-founder and publisher of Windy City Times newspaper. She has been working in Chicago LGBT media since 1984, and covered the AIDS crisis starting in June of 1984. She will discuss the impact of AIDS in Chicago, and how a handful of activists made a big difference in the lives of people with AIDS and their friends, families and colleagues. Baim received the 2013 Chicago Headline Club Lifetime Achievement Award for her 30 years in journalism. In 2014, she was inducted into the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Hall of Fame.
ZACH STAFFORD is a writer living in Chicago. He is currently a columnist at the RedEye and regular contributor to The Guardian. He is also the co-editor of the BOYS anthology series, which showcases the diverse and powerful stories of queer men all around the world. Beyond writing and editing, Stafford is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
VICTORIA NOE is the author of the award-winning Friend Grief series, including Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends. Her freelance work has appeared in Chicago Tribune, Windy City Times and Huffington Post. She was a fundraiser in Chicago's AIDS community in the late 80s/early 90s, and is a member of ACT UP/NY.