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Author Topic: POZ News: "Is the AIDS Quilt Obsolete?"  (Read 22657 times)

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Offline cheehan2002

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Re: POZ News: "Is the AIDS Quilt Obsolete?"
« Reply #50 on: February 10, 2007, 02:34:20 PM »
I'm a member of the Board of Directors of Rural AIDS Action Network in Minnesota.  We just did a display of 160 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in November in Bemidji, a small city not far from the Canadian border.  The AIDS Memorial Quilt is relevant in areas such as this where HIV/AIDS is still not as common as more heavily populated areas.  We had between 300-400 visitors to the display, many of whom were deeply moved and reminded that AIDS is still with us and there still is no cure.  As a co-host of the display I spoke with many people after they viewed the AIDS Memorial Quilt and they were all very appreciative of our doing this display.  There were many people who had lost a family member, friend or acquaintance or knew someone living with HIV/AIDS.  The display of the Quilt helped them to remember that those of us living with HIV/AIDS, such as myself, are not just numbers or statistics, that we are people just like them living with a disease that has no cure but is held somewhat at bay by modern medicines and healthful living.  I feel the the AIDS Memorial Quilt serves a very important purpose beyond being a memorial, it is also a tool for educating people about HIV/AIDS.  David

Offline FLDudePIT

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Re: POZ News: "Is the AIDS Quilt Obsolete?"
« Reply #51 on: February 21, 2007, 04:31:39 PM »
I think its time for a PERMANENT memorial for AIDS.   We need a place to permanently display portions of the quilt. The panels could be changed out over and over again giving each panel time in the light as they were intended.  New panels are made every day yet they never get a chance to be used for there true purpose.  Permanent display and warehousing facilities are most definitely needed and is only going to become more necessary in the future.
It should be library for education and research, as well as a memorial.  A center where people can not only come to remember lost loved ones, but a place to ensure that HIV and AIDS does not spread any further to future generations.  A tool to be used to teach and to remember.
I was fortunate enough to see and be involved in the quilt display in 1996 in Washington DC.  It not only gave me a chance to remember friends lost, but to let them know that they did not die in vane and that their memory and sacrifice should and will be remembered.
NO WAY is the quilt obsolete.  IT IS TIME for a permanent display.  Why not one in each major metropolitan city in the country?  That way each state is responsible for their section of the quilt and its memories.  Why not in each major capital city of the world?  AIDS is not just a US issue. 
Anyone have any idea how to get something like this started?
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Offline livingpositively

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Re: POZ News: "Is the AIDS Quilt Obsolete?"
« Reply #52 on: February 22, 2007, 12:13:57 AM »
I am really torn here.  I saw a large portion of The Quilt at the Millenium March in 2000.  It was an incredibly moving experience - one that you really can't put into words.

On some levels, I think that The Quilt should be "put to rest", if you will.  That's not to say it should not be displayed.  I ABSOLUTELY think it should be displayed.  But, I see The Quilt as a remembrance and respectful tribute to a very tragic period of time.  To me it signifies a period of great fear and unknowing and loss - in proportions that we (hopefully) will never know again.  On one hand, I think it should no longer be added to.  BUT...then what about the folks (some of which we know and love on here) that have been on this journey since those "early" days and experienced that fear and loss?  They are just as much a part of that era as those whose names and panels are already part of The Quilt.  Make a "rule" that a diagnosis pre-(insert date) grandfathers one to have a panel some day?  Who knows?  Not me.

I don't generally like the idea of separating the "veterans" from the "newbies", but in this case, I kind of lean more toward leaving The Quilt as a legacy from an era past and to pay respect to those who travelled a road that I will never know.  JMHO

In any case, very interesting and thought-provoking question. 
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Re: POZ News: "Is the AIDS Quilt Obsolete?"
« Reply #53 on: February 22, 2007, 12:56:41 AM »
As long as there are still panels being made, I submit that the crisis is not over.

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Offline aupointillimite

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Re: POZ News: "Is the AIDS Quilt Obsolete?"
« Reply #54 on: February 22, 2007, 02:09:42 AM »
Wow... I suddenly seem to have had a bit of a flash of memory about something.

I remember seeing the AIDS Quilt on TV when I was very small... it would have had to have been in the late 1980s.  I would have been about six or seven maybe... I remember not knowing what AIDS was exactly... only knowing that it was bad... something that killed people.  I remember watching the news when I was little... and seeing people walk around the panels and crying... and I knew it was in Washington because I had been there to visit my grandparents.   
It's strange what you remember when you're a kid.

My parents were much younger then... in their early 30s... and sort of flippantly cruel about AIDS the way a lot of people were then, I suppose.  Particularly my mother... probably would have said something in hushed tones about "reaping what you sow" or some such nonsense that I grew up with.  It wasn't homophobia with conviction... not the sort of obsessive treacle that you see from a lot of the Christian right... just a sort of casual indifference.  Something that I definitely picked up on as a got a little older... and something that disappeared in both of them as times changed and they got older, too. 

Now, they're helping me out with my co-pays on Sustiva and Truvada. 

Things have changed... but not nearly enough. 

People are still dying from it... I might die from it. 

I think it should be kept around.   
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Offline RobT

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Re: POZ News: "Is the AIDS Quilt Obsolete?"
« Reply #55 on: February 22, 2007, 07:16:25 AM »
I do not think the AIDS QUiLT is obsolete. It still  is relevant, but ppl have lost the understanding of the disease itself, thinking that it has been 'cured'. I really wish that was true.
Funding does not even come close to fighting it and more $$$ is pooled together to fight our causes such as the illegal war in Iraq. I thought we won that war, since Bush said so.


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Offline Ed

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Re: POZ News: "Is the AIDS Quilt Obsolete?"
« Reply #56 on: March 01, 2007, 12:16:11 PM »
I was development director of the Quilt for four years ending a year after the DC 96 display of the Quilt in its entirety on the National Mall.  In 1997, I suggested to the Executive Director and the board that the way to ensure the Quilt's lasting value as both a memorial AND a prevention/education tool was to maximize the National High School Quilt Program and minimize (or in some cases end) other programs.  Alas, my advice was not taken, and the Quilt is in a predicament now.  However, I am sure with careful thinking, program(s) can be devised or reinvented to assure that it has compelling meaning well into the future of the pandemic.


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