June 29, 1986. Marchers carrying a banner and signs protesting California Proposition 64 — known as the LaRouche Initiative, after political activist Lyndon LaRouche, who proposed it — parade down San Francisco’s Market Street during the 17th annual Freedom Day Parade. The LaRouche Initiative, which was on the Nov. 4, 1986, ballot, proposed that all AIDS patients be quarantined and barred from school and food service jobs. It was rejected.
Photo: Jim Gerberich / The Associated Press
AIDS patient David Freeman with some of the 112 pills he was taking daily to fight the disease, 1997.
© Randy Bazemore/Miami Herald/Newscom
AZT [Zidovudine], the first antiretroviral medication approved to fight HIV.
© NDX Photos/Newscom.
Gay Cancer, pre-GRID — precursor to the AIDS Crisis
New York Times, 1981
Castro Sweep, October 1989
What started out as a peaceful rally for federal AIDS funding at the Federal Building turned ugly when San Francisco police officers stormed the Castro in what became known as the Castro Sweep. Fully armed riot police made hundreds of arrests and people were beaten.
ACT UP raises SILENCE = DEATH banner on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offices protesting the slow drug approval process, October 11, 1988 [ detail ].
When a Government Turns Its Back on Its People, Is It Civil War?
AIDS Memorial Quilt, October 11, 1996
Birth of the Quilt, 1985, Rink Foto.
from San Fransisco: The Making of a Queer Mecca 2009 exhibition
Curated by Julia Haas with the assistance of Jonathan D. Katz
This patchwork arrangement of names of the deceased who died from AIDS taped on the wall of the San Francisco Federal Building in 1985 inspired Cleve Jones to create the first panel of what became a year later (1986) The AIDS Memorial Quilt, and in 1987 he and several friends founded The NAMES Project Foundation.