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The HIV/AIDs Epidemic 1978-1981 : first symptoms appear It is first dubbed “the gay plague” by the media and “GRID” by scientists 1982 : The term AIDs is coined, but little is known about how it is contracted 1984 : Thousands had died but President Reagan had still not commented on the epidemic
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ACT UP [Life During Wartime] AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power [1987] “ACT UP, Fight Back, Fight AIDs!” Dedicated to radical direction action Initiated a new militancy in gay politics Garnered widespread support from the larger gay and lesbian community, even those dedicated to more “establishment- oriented” activism
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ACT UP [Life During Wartime] Dealing with Anger? ACT UP confronted a mainstream emotion culture that regards anger as chaotic, impulsive, and irrational They confronted a rejection of their anger especially because they were consciously trying to disrupt “business as usual” with their anger Their anger was rejected because they were defined as “other”
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ACT UP [Life During Wartime] ACT UP “marshaled grief and tethered it to anger” Grief due to loss  Anger because of loss Grief Beginning in 1983: candlelit vigils The Names Project Memorial Quilt Why Anger?
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ACT UP [Life During Wartime] Example from 1988: “The Quilt helps us remember our lovers, relatives, and friends
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2012 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 3356 taught by Professor Mauraryan during the Spring '12 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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ACT UP - ACT UP, Fight back, fight aids & How we remember...

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