In June of 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on five strange cases of a rare pneumonia in homosexuals; by the end of that year, 121 men were dead from what appeared to be a severe deficiency of their immune systems. By 1982, AIDS had a name, and as the decade progressed, gays gradually began to fear for their community’s very existence as their friends and lovers died all around them. Finally, in 1987, the first retroviral drug—commonly known as AZT—at last provided enough hope that communities and families of victims could begin to think about a memorial for those who had been and would still be lost in the epidemic.
It was that year that the noted activist Cleve Jones (portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant’s Milk) and others created the AIDS Memorial Quilt, an assemblage of 3’ x 6’ panels containing the names of those lost to the virus. When the Quilt was first displayed on the National Mall in October of 1987, it comprised 1,920 panels and was larger than a football field. Today, the panels number more than 48,000 and celebrate the lives of more than 94,000 people, gay and straight alike, who have passed away.
Due to the massive scope of the epidemic, as well as the popularity of the project, the Quilt in its entirety is so large that it can no longer be displayed in a single place—which is why the Quilt-keeping NAMES Project Foundation (in partnership with Microsoft Research, the University of Southern California, and others) has digitized it. Users may now use Microsoft Bing mapping technology to view and zoom around the entirety of the Quilt online; and for more context, you can check out this new interactive timeline that details the history of AIDS alongside the development of the Quilt.
While spending time with the immense loss represented by the tapestry will undoubtedly evoke some sadness, don’t worry: The colorful, creative and often wonderfully funny memorials that friends and lovers have created for their loved ones are sure to inspire a smile or two as well. One of the first panels I came upon was for “Joe Cassella, Jr.,” and featured a sly-looking Gumby sporting a red lace skirt and (a conservative classic) a double strand of pearls. Another panel, for “Deano,” contains a long-lashed angel toting shopping bags from Neiman Marcus and Macy’s, each overflowing with what must be the most heavenly fashions.
Posted by SGT. COACH on Tuesday Jul 24, 2012 Under NEWS IS HOT
You’d think they might want to save their energy. But it seems that Olympic athletes will be working up more of a sweat off the field than they will on it this Summer. In a sign of what the world’s fittest sportsmen and women get up to in the Olympic village, a record 150,000 free condoms – 15 for each competitor – have been made available to them. The phenomenal outpouring of prophylactics means there will be 50 per cent more available to athletes in London than the 100,000 handed out at the last Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
It works out at nearly 15 each for the 10,500 competitors taking part in the Games, with Durex ready to deliver more if the sports stars exhaust their ration. They will, of course, be able to take a trip to the nearest chemist if they run out. If sexual appetites among are as voracious as former Olympians have suggested, they’re going to need every last one of the condoms provided.
Women’s football goalkeeper Hope Solo told the Daily Mirror:
‘There’s a lot of sex going on at the Olympics.’
‘I’ve seen people having sex out in the open, getting down and dirty on grass between buildings.’
She added: ‘I may have snuck a celebrity into my Beijing room without anybody knowing and snuck him back out. But that’s my Olympic secret.’
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A gay dating website crashed within minutes of the first Olympic athletes arriving in London – due to the volume of demand, say experts. The Grindr app enables gay men to obtain the locations of potential homosexual partners. Technicians believe the arrival of Olympic teams on Monday sparked a flood of new customers – and loss of the service in East London.
One Londoner said: “It happened almost as soon as the teams got here. Either loads of athletes were logging on to meet fellow Olympians or were looking to bag a local. “The Grindr system obviously couldn’t cope. It took 24 hours for the app to get back up and running, much to the relief of all concerned.”
The site was launched in 2009 and claims to have four million customers worldwide.
London is the most popular city for the app, with 350,000 registered users. The website advertises itself as a way to find “a new date, buddy or friend”. Founder Joel Simkhai said in Los Angeles: “I want to personally apologize to users. “I know it was frustrating. I was frustrated myself. I also rely on Grindr in my day-to-day personal life. It made me feel disconnected.”
“Our tech team worked around the clock to solve the problems and to whip Grindr back into shape.”