• AIDS banner goes up at the gay pride rally site, Atlanta, Georgia, June 25, 1983.

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    AIDS banner goes up at the gay pride rally site, Atlanta, Georgia, June 25, 1983
    • Date
    • 1983 June 25
    • Creator
    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Swindler, Lanna
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    • Newspaper assignment sheet attached to print verso identifies photographer Lanna Swindler: "An AIDS sign goes up at the gay pride rally site." Newspaper caption: "AIDS: Banner rallies unity against the disease that primarily has [...] ... more
      Newspaper assignment sheet attached to print verso identifies photographer Lanna Swindler: "An AIDS sign goes up at the gay pride rally site." Newspaper caption: "AIDS: Banner rallies unity against the disease that primarily has [...] gay men." less
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    • Georgia State University. Library. Special Collections; Digital Library of Georgia
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    • Georgia State University. Libraries. Special Collections

  • ACT-UP die-in in front of Grady Hospital, protesting the six-month waiting list of AIDS patients to beds at the hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, May 7, 1991.

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    ACT-UP die-in in front of Grady Hospital, protesting the six-month waiting list of AIDS patients to beds at the hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, May 7, 1991
    • Date
    • 1991 May 7
    • Creator
    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    • Description
    • Newspaper assignment sheet attached to print verso: Grady Memorial Hospital [...] a cutline-only photograph on a demonstration at Grady's AIDS clinic. ACT-UP, a group of AIDS activists, will protest a lack of funding and a six-month waiting list... more
      Newspaper assignment sheet attached to print verso: Grady Memorial Hospital [...] a cutline-only photograph on a demonstration at Grady's AIDS clinic. ACT-UP, a group of AIDS activists, will protest a lack of funding and a six-month waiting list. I am doing a takeout to run later on. CONTACT NAME: Jeff Graham [...] CAPTION: AIDS activist ACT-UP protest in front of Grady hospital due to the six-month waiting list of patients to beds at the hospital. The person holding the sign in the foreground in Romeo D'nae." Newspaper caption: "Activists for AIDS treatment. Chanting 'six months equals death,' AIDS activists on Tuesday protest the six-month waiting list for appointments at Grady Memorial Hospital's AIDS clinic. The protesters want the clinic to expand. Hospital officials said that the caseload has increased beyond Grady's capacity to respond -- from two patients in 1986 to about 1,300 visits every month." Date-stamped "Wed May 08 1991 J/C." Sing in front reads "Support the Infectious Disease Clinic. Expand it now!" less
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  • ACT/UP Atlanta demonstration outside Winn-Dixie, over firing of an HIV positive employee, Sage Hill Shopping Center, Atlanta, Georgia, November 9, 1991.

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    ACT/UP Atlanta demonstration outside Winn-Dixie, over firing of an HIV positive employee, Sage Hill Shopping Center, Atlanta, Georgia, November 9, 1991
    • Date
    • 1991 November 9
    • Creator
    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Ross, Dwight, Jr.
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    • Newspaper assignment sheet attached to print verso identifies photographer Dwight Ross, Jr.: "ACT UP / Atlanta demonstration protesting Winn-Dixie's alleged firing of cashier Perry Christopher Hollis because he's HIV positive." Ne... more
      Newspaper assignment sheet attached to print verso identifies photographer Dwight Ross, Jr.: "ACT UP / Atlanta demonstration protesting Winn-Dixie's alleged firing of cashier Perry Christopher Hollis because he's HIV positive." Newspaper caption: "Cashier's firing protested. Activists in ACT/UP Atlanta demonstrate Saturday outside Winn-Dixie in the Sage Hill shopping center. The group has accused the store of discrimination for firing Perry Christopher Hollis, who has the AIDS virus." Caption date-stamped "Sun Nov 10 1991 J C." less
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    • Photograph by Dwight Ross, Jr. Copyright, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Courtesy of
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    • Georgia State University. Library. Special Collections; Digital Library of Georgia
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  • About 300 people gathered at the Centers for Disease Control to protest its handling of women with AIDS; 100 were arrested, Atlanta, Georgia, December 3, 1990.

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    About 300 people gathered at the Centers for Disease Control to protest its handling of women with AIDS; 100 were arrested, Atlanta, Georgia, December 3, 1990
    • Date
    • 1990 December 3
    • Creator
    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Ross, Dwight, Jr.
    • Description
    • Newspaper assignment sheet attached to print verso identifies photographer Dwight Ross, Jr.: "A group calling themselves ACT UP for Aids Coalition to Unleash Power, staged a march to the Center for Disease Control at 11:40 a.m. Monday morning an... more
      Newspaper assignment sheet attached to print verso identifies photographer Dwight Ross, Jr.: "A group calling themselves ACT UP for Aids Coalition to Unleash Power, staged a march to the Center for Disease Control at 11:40 a.m. Monday morning and continued a demonstration and protest in front of the Clifton Road establishment. The protest eventually resulted in what seemed like about a dozen arrests. This photo shows the marchers coming north on Clifton Road about three blocks from the center." Newspaper captions: "About 300 people gathered at the Centers for Disease Control Monday to protest its handling of women with AIDS; 100 were arrested" (date-stamped "Tue Dec 4 1990 J C"), and "Women are being urged to become active in health issues. This sign, in a protest by AIDS-awareness group ACT UP, says 'CDC is killing women'" (date-stamped "Thu Mar 07 1991 J / C.") less
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The emergence of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the 1980s precipitated an enormous health crisis, overwhelming the gay community and encouraging more militant approaches.  Notable direct action groups include the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power—ACT UP—which was organized in 1987.  Although AIDS was especially devastating to the gay community, this terrible disease struck other segments of society too, encouraging protests about, for example, the inadequate treatment of women with AIDS.