Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

I’ve been fortunate to meet a few of my heroes recently, founders of ACT UP. While there were times when I disagreed with their tactics, I never questioned their passion or results.

They’ve been there since the beginning, as caregivers and advocates. They’ve been through the wars and now face something just as dangerous as AIDS itself: complacency.

AIDS is simply not on the radar for a lot of people anymore. It’s no big deal. So what if you get infected? There are drugs to take. You’ll be fine. If only it were that simple.

When the epidemic first began, the arts community suffered a disproportionate number of losses. That was certainly because many gay men were involved in theatre, design, music, dance and film. But even when the demographics shifted, one organization rooted in the Broadway theatre continued its wildly successful efforts.

In May 1992, two already established groups merged to become Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the most important AIDS fundraising entities in the country. Since 1987, they have distributed over $134 million to Equity professionals, national and international AIDS organizations and special initiatives.

I’m pleased to announce that I’m partnering with BC/EFA during the month of June, which is Gay Pride Month.

From now until June 30, the ebook price of Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends has been lowered to 99 cents. If you order it during June, using one of the links below, 25 cents of your purchase will go to BC/EFA.

 UPDATE: I'll also donate $1 from the sale of each paperback version (available only from Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago and Amazon).
 
 
 
I know, it’s not much, but the old fundraiser in me knows that every little bit counts. So when you click on one of those links, you’ll not only be buying my book, you’ll be supporting an organization that continues to fight the good fight. Thanks in advance!

 




 

2 comments:

S. D. Keeling said...

I found your blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe. Great to connect! I'm at www.sdkeeling.com. I look forward to reading your posts!

Victoria Noe said...

It's great to be found - thanks!