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Lecture: New Faces of AIDS – HIV is STILL a Gay Disease

Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Rainbow Center's Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Shawn Lang, entitled, "New Faces of AIDS – HIV is STILL a Gay Disease."

When HIV first burst on the scene in the early 80s, gay men, lesbians and a few allies took it upon themselves to organize and force the Reagan-led government, the FDA and the CDC, as well as pharmaceutical companies to move on funding, treatment and research. Then, and HIV diagnosis was almost always a death sentence. Flash forward 30+ years, and the new infections on the rise are among younger, men who have sex with men; and, primarily young Black and Latino men. The younger generation has no connection to those early days, and no understanding of the plague, the havoc it wrought within our communities, the courageous activism that continues to save lives, and the resurgence of infections.

Shawn M. Lang is the Director of Public Policy with AIDS Connecticut (ACT). She coordinates CT’s HIV/AIDS public policy activities on the state and federal levels. Shawn chairs the AIDS LIFE (Legislative Initiative and Funding Effort) Campaign, Connecticut’s AIDS policy group, and is on the board of the National AIDS Housing Coalition; the Community Advisory Board of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, and the National Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee. A longtime activist on issues impacting battered women; LGBT communities; homelessness and HIV/AIDS, she lives in Hartford with her 17 year old son.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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