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ACT UP / Los Angeles records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2011-010
ACT UP/ Los Angeles photographs, sample

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the administrative records, documentation of actions, and resource materials of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power/Los Angeles (ACT UP/LA). The records include buttons, clippings, correspondence, financial records, fliers, membership materials, minutes, newsletters, photographs, press releases, stickers, and topical files of ACT UP/LA.

References in the collection to county, County Board of Supervisors, and federal buildings in the contents lists refers to Los Angeles governmental bodies and locations. References to political offices and propositions in the contents lists refer to California representatives and state propositions.

The majority of photographs were taken by Chuck Stallard, his black-and-white prints notable for their distinctive borders. When not noted, the photographer was Chuck Stallard or unknown.


  • 1987-1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as the physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).

Administrative History

Los Angeles activists, including member of the Lavender Left, inspired by ACT UP New York and energized by the 1987 March on Washington returned to form an ACT UP chapter. On December 04, 1987, ACT UP/Los Angeles (ACT UP/LA) met for the first time in West Hollywood. The organization focused on improving AIDS healthcare services and networking with a broad coalition of progressive groups. The chapter utilized non-violent direct action as a means to draw media attention and challenge the status quo. Members were offered civil disobedience training and support teams were formed to track confrontations and arrests. Official actions were approved by the membership; however, a number of affinity groups, such as Stop AIDS Now Or Else (SANOE), sponsored their own actions. Nationally ACT UP actions brought about the transformation of the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) medication trial and approval processes, expanded AIDS healthcare services including those for women and prisoners, and challenged immigration and naturalization policies.

The following history was rewritten by David Lacaillade for the December 12, 1993, ACT UP/LA Conference from earlier published versions of the chapter's history. [Edited by Kyle Morgan]

And The End Is Not In Sight: A History of ACT UP/Los Angeles December 1987 - December 1993

ACT UP/Los Angeles was founded on December 04, 1987. Hundreds of demonstrations later, ACT UP/LA has had a major impact on AIDS care in Los Angeles County and Southern California. At its peak, ACT UP/LA operated a public office, published a newsletter, had a mailing list of approximately 2,200 names, and met weekly in the city of West Hollywood. At the first meeting of the chapter attended by 400 people, the membership adopted the AIDS Action Pledge. They also voted to hold a demonstration against the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) policies which restricted the movement of HIV-affected persons.

Following the INS demonstration, ACT UP/LA campaigned against Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block for the lack of condoms and AIDS education in County jails. In the summer and fall of 1988, ACT UP/LA fought two regressive propositions concerning AIDS: Proposition 102, inspired by Lyndon LaRouche; and Proposition 96, backed by Sheriff Block. When Proposition 96 passed, ACT UP/LA led a march down Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, the first time a predominately gay and lesbian crowd had ever illegally stopped traffic in Southern California.

In early 1989, ACT UP/LA conducted a week-long vigil, complete with tents and a soup kitchen, outside the Los Angeles County Hospital. This action launched a sustained campaign lasting all spring and included a disruption of a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting that resulted in fifteen arrests. Soon after, Los Angeles County acceded to the central demand for the creation of a dedicated AIDS unit at the hospital, and in September 1989 a 20-bed unit was opened.

In the spring and summer of 1990 ACT UP/LA demanded improvements to the County's outpatient AIDS clinic -- specifically, the end to four-month waiting periods for a first appointment. Meetings of the County Board of Supervisors were again disrupted: 27 ACT UP/LA members were arrested in May, and at the end of July civil disobedience at a third demonstration resulted in 38 arrests, the largest to date at the Hall of Administration. In June 1991, ACT UP/LA participated in the dedication of a larger, more comprehensive AIDS Outpatient Clinic, and ACT UP/LA members received seats on the advisory committee that monitored the clinic's day-to-day operations.

Other Los Angeles area hospitals did not escape ACT UP/LA's scrutiny. In March 1989, ACT UP/LA demonstrated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in support of a proposed AIDS ward, and in May 1989 the ward was approved. In February 1992 ACT UP/LA exposed the medical apartheid existing in Los Angeles by demonstrating at USC University Hospital, an institution serving only patients with private insurance. The action included civil disobedience at the Santa Monica, headquarters of National Medical Enterprises (NME), which operated the University Hospital. Seven arrests were made.

A month later ACT UP/LA took action against a Ventura; medical clinic for refusing to treat the wounds of an HIV-positive man. The demonstration (in a driving rainstorm) followed the first-ever filing of an AIDS discrimination lawsuit under the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act. In November 1993, the suit was settled, with the clinic agreeing to pay the HIV-positive man $85,000. The Ventura demonstration also helped found ACT UP/Ventura.

With demonstrations outside local Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offices and the Westwood Federal Building in 1988, ACT UP/LA consistently supported efforts to make drugs more quickly available to people with HIV/ AIDS. On one occasion ACT UP/LA planted melon seeds from which the alternative therapy Compound Q was derived. On many occasions ACT UP/LA conducted phone zaps of pharmaceutical companies which have delayed the study and release of potentially life-saving drugs, and once zapped an Abbott Laboratories-sponsored entertainment special at an Anaheim, California hotel to protest the company's delay in releasing HIVIG, which was believed to stop the in utero transmission of the HIV-virus.

In March 1993 at Amgen Pharmaceuticals in Thousand Oaks, California, ACT UP/LA protested the high cost of the company's medications. The demonstration and march through Amgen's campus was in memory of two recently deceased ACT UP/LA members.

ACT UP/LA supported the formation of the ACT UP/Network, and ACT UP/LA members attended the Network's first demonstration at United States Food and Drug Administration headquarters in Maryland in October 1988. During the following October, ACT UP/ LA participated in the Network's first National Day of AIDS Actions by shutting down the Westwood Federal Building, Los Angeles, California. Eighty people, calling for the timely release of drugs, an emergency federal AIDS program, an end to HIV-related discrimination, and high-quality health care were arrested for civil disobedience. The action included many lesbian and gay community leaders.

In December 1990, during a Network sponsored action, approximately 40 ACT UP/LA members demonstrated outside the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta to revise the definition of AIDS to include infections specific to women. In May 1991 in San Diego members of ACT UP/LA demanded immediate changes in the surveillance definition of AIDS by interrupting a speech by the CDC's Deputy Director for HIV. In September 1992 at the CDC's invitation, ACT UP/LA testified in Atlanta concerning woman-specific infections. The CDC revised the definition to include woman-specific infections in January 1993.

Committed to the fight for a cure for AIDS, ACT UP/LA participated in a march on, and civil disobedience at, the White House in Washington, D.C. to demand that then-President George Bush adopt a 35-point plan to combat the disease in September 1991. In October 1991, ACT UP chapters demonstrated on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to demand universal health care for all and more federal financing for AIDS treatment and research. More than half of those arrested in civil disobedience at that action were ACT UP/LA members.

ACT UP/LA members attended the Republican National Convention in Houston in August 1992, again participating in a series of actions called by the Network to protest the re-nomination of George Bush. Several ACT UP/LA members were arrested after disrupting one of Bush's speeches, and several more were arrested after interrupting a speech by fundamentalist Christian Jerry Falwell of the Moral Majority.

With the defeat of George Bush, ACT UP/LA focused on the new administration's AIDS policies. In December 1993, the theme of ACT UP/LA'S World AIDS Day protests was the need for an AIDS cure, not merely the issuance of the "AIDS Awareness" stamp by the U.S. Postal Service. The demonstration demanded the immediate adoption of the ACT UP/NY founded McClintock Project to find a cure.

While people were in Washington, D.C. for the historic March on Washington in April 1993, ACT UP/LA participated in a series of demonstrations called by the ACT UP/Network. The protests included a march on the White House demanding a cure for AIDS; an action at the Department of Health and Human Services to publicize woman-to-woman transmission of the AIDS virus (and a contemporaneous meeting of ACT UP women with United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna Shalala); and a protest at the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association (PMA) to expose profiteering in the development of AIDS related drugs. On the Monday following the March, in the park across the street from the U.S. Capitol, ACT UP/LA took part in yet another demonstration emphasizing universal health care.

ACT UP/LA studied insurance industry policies, leading to campaigns against Prudential Insurance Company, the California Department of Insurance, and Great Republic Insurance Company after the companies purging of 14,000 policyholders. In April 1990, 60 ACT UP/LA members attended the Network's National AIDS Actions for Health Care in Chicago, which centered on insurance rip-offs and the demand for universal health care. Approximately 40 ACT UP/LA members were among the 129 arrested in civil disobedience during those actions.

In Southern California, ACT UP/LA demonstrated at Frontera Women's Prison in November 1990, demanding an infectious diseases doctor and access to proper medications for HIV-positive inmates. This was the first time any demonstration had ever taken place on prison property. Because those demands were not met, ACT UP/LA participated in the Sacramento action in May 1991 in support of prisoners with HIV/AIDS. The action involved civil disobedience. Shortly thereafter, an infectious-diseases doctor was assigned to Frontera. In June 1992 and October 1993, ACT UP/LA returned to Sacramento to demand improvements in the care of prisoners with HIV/AIDS. The October 1993 visit to the offices of the California Department of Corrections in Sacramento resulted in the arrest of one ACT UP/LA member.

ACT UP/LA members also defended women's clinics from the anti-abortion organization, Operation Rescue. The Christmas season of 1988-1989 and the summer of 1993 saw members demonstrating outside Roman Catholic churches against the church's policies on condoms, safe sex, and reproductive rights. When Archbishop Roger Mahony became a cardinal in 1991, ACT UP/LA held actions outside his masses and receptions. For World AIDS Day 1992, ACT UP/LA distributed condoms and safe sex information outside parochial high schools in Southern California. ACT UP/LA was also instrumental in securing the passage of HIV/AIDS plans (including the availability of condoms) in Pasadena and for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

ACT UP/LA members worked with Clean Needles Now (CNN), the Los Angeles-based needle-exchange program (an illegal program until 2004) organized to stop the spread of HIV among injection drug users. CNN, originally a committee of ACT UP/LA, separated from ACT UP in August 1993.

ACT UP/LA members have since 1989 attended international AIDS conferences in Montreal, San Francisco, Florence, Amsterdam and Berlin. On the opening day of the VI International Conference on AIDS in San Francisco in June 1990, ACT UP/LA organized a demonstration (with civil disobedience) demanding scholarships to the conference for People With AIDS. Two years later, for the Amsterdam conference, free scholarships were instituted.

ACT UP/LA has also demonstrated at KCET, the Los Angeles based public television station which refused to air "Stop The Church," a video about the December 1989 ACT UP/NY's and WHAM's action at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, New York. At the Oscars [Academy Awards] in 1991 and 1992 ACT UP/LA spotlighted the AIDS-phobia of the entertainment industry. One member was arrested for disrupting the 1991 show. When Governor Wilson vetoed AB101 in September 1991, members of ACT UP/LA participated in the month-long series of street protests sparked by that veto. During March 1992 the chapter protested the sale of homo and AIDS-phobic T-shirts in Palm Springs.

In August and October 1991, ACT UP/LA targeted California U.S. Senator John Seymour and State Senator Ed Davis for their support of AIDS-phobic legislation. The demonstrations in Anaheim and Woodland Hills involved civil disobedience. In July 1993, ACT UP/LA attended the festivities for newly-elected Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan, reminding him that AIDS was still a crisis.

ACT UP/LA developed political funerals for its members. In Southern California and elsewhere the funerals often included marches, sometimes by torchlight, and processions that blocked traffic, tactics that led to confrontations with law enforcement officials.


34 Linear Feet ([24 records boxes, 5 binder boxes, 2 flat boxes, 2 card file boxes])

Language of Materials



The collection consists of the administrative records, documentation of actions, and resource materials of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power/Los Angeles (ACT UP/LA).The records include minutes, financial records, photographs, press releases, membership materials, newsletters, clippings, fliers, and subject files. Active from 1987 to 1995, ACT UP defined itself as "a grass-roots, democratic, militant, direct action organization dedicated to creating positive changes around AIDS in federal and local government, the media, and medical industries through non-violent public protests."

Arrangement Note

Series 1. Administrative Records

Series 2. Actions and Events

Series 3. Subject Files

The arrangement, folder titles, and numbering system represent the original order of the ACT UP/Los Angeles Archives Project. Folders added to the collection do not contain an "AA" or "IN" code numbers in the title.

Entries for graphic materials are followed by the number of unique photographs or slides followed by "black & white" or "color" in brackets.

Acquisition Information

Enric Morello collected the early records of ACT UP/Los Angeles. In early 1988, he approached librarian, Raymond Reece about the possibility of starting an archives. Reece solicited the advice of colleagues and created the filing system for the archives. Reece continued to collect and maintain the archives into the early 1990s. The ACT UP/Los Angeles Archives was then transferred to the University of Southern California in June 1997. It is likely the records became part of the Southern California AIDS Social Policy Archive that were transferred to ONE during 2001/2002.

The bulk of the collection consists of the ACT UP/Los Angeles Archives Project with additional materials donated from personal collections. Individual contributors include Michael Albanese, Tony Arns, Luis Balmsaeda, Richard Beecher, Gunther Freehill, Eric Gordon, Glenn Harper, William Kaiser, Jim Kepner, Mark Kostopoulos (Mark Dyer Rexroad), Steven May, Dee Michel, Vernon C. Mitchell, Jeff Neff, John O'Brien, Raymond Reece, Wade Richards, Jan Risa Speller, Rick Turner, and Edward Westrick.

The collection includes the Anthony Joseph Bledsoe Memorial Photo Archives.

Related Archival Materials Note

AIDS History Project collection, Coll2007-015, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Adele Starr collection on Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Coll2009-012, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Orange County Visibility League records, Coll2011-047, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Unprocessed Mark Kostopoulos papers, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Unprocessed Shane Que Hee papers, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Separated Materials

Removed to ONE Newsletter Collection or AIDS History Project Collection, Coll2007-015

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Newsletter: February 01, 1989.

ACT UP Enquirer (ACT UP/Golden Gate): circa 1990

ACT UP Frontliners (ACT UP/DC): November 1990.

ACT UP Newsletter (ACT UP/New Haven): Spring 1993.

ACT UP/Austin: April 23, 1989.

ACT UP/Chicago: July 1989.

ACT UP/Columbus: December 1990; January 1991; April 1991.

ACT UP/KC News (Kansas City, Missouri): April 1989; May 22, 1989; January 1990; March/April 1990; May/June 1990.

ACT UP/Long Beach (California): Issue One.

ACT UP/ Los Angeles: September/October 1991.

ACT UP/Milwaukee: May 1993.

ACT UP/New Orleans: Winter 1992.

ACT UP/New York: December 1988; March 1989.

ACT UP/New York: Reports: December 1988; June 1989; September/October 1989; Fall/Winter 1990; 1991/1.

ACT UP/Orange County (California): Mid-Summer 1991.

ACT UP/Pittsburgh: February 05, 1993.

ACT UP/SD (San Diego, California): June/July 1992.

ACT UP/San Francisco Newsletter: January 1989; March 1989; May-June 1989; July-August 1989; September-October 1989; November-December 1989; February-March 1990; April-May 1990; June-July 1990; September-October 1990; December 1990-January 1991.

ACT UP/Seattle: April 1989; August/September 1990; December 1990; February 1990.

ACT UP/Sydney (Australia): March 1992; August 1992.

ACT UP/WNY (Western New York): January 1993.

Action News (ACT UP/London): Winter 1989.

The Active Ingredient (ACT UP/Portland, Oregon): Summer 1989; Fall 1989.

AHF Caregiver (AIDS Healthcare Foundation): May/June 1990; September/October 1991.

The AIDS Action Call (San Francisco, California): Autumn/Winter 1987; February/March 1988.

AIDS Conference Bulletin (San Francisco, California): June 24, 1990.

AIDS Forum (New York, New York): January 1988.

AIDS Treatment News (San Francisco, California): February 26, 1988; September 1989; July 06, 1990; July 20, 1990; August 03,1990; July 27, 1991; December 18, 1992.

The AIDS Watchdog Group (Boston, Massachusetts): April 1989.

AmFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research): 1991/1.

APLA Update (AIDS Project Los Angeles): February 1989; December 1990.

Asklepios (The Journal of All Saints AIDS Service Center): July 1989; August 1989; March 1991.

Attitude (Boston, Massachusetts): January 1990; April 1990; June 1990; September 1990; December 1990; June 1992; December 1992.

Being Alive: People with HIV/AIDS Action Coalition: May 1988; April 1989; June 1989; May 1992; August/September 1992.

BETA (Bulletin of Experimental Treatment for AIDS): November 1989; December 1996.

Better Homos and Gardens (West Hollywood, California): Spring 1992.

BWMT/LA (Black & White Men Together/Los Angeles): December 1989.

The Call (San Francisco, California): Autumn/Winter 1987; January 1988; February/March 1988; April 1988.

The Center News (Los Angeles, California): Winter 1989; Fall 1990.

The Citizens' Voice (Lawrence, Kansas): February 1989; March 1989.

Critical Path AIDS Project (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): October 1991.

Cry Out! ACT-UP (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania): February 20, 1990; April 22, 1990; May 15, 1990; July 19, 1990; August 21, 1990; October 22, 1990; November 26, 1990; January 29, 1991; March 18, 1991; May 08, 1991; August 12, 1991; September 25, 1991; November 12, 1991; January 27, 1992; September 10, 1992.

The Desert Eclipse (Arizona): November 1989.

The Front Page (Los Angeles, California/Frontrunners): January 1992.

Frontiers Newsmagazine (San Francisco, California): April 11, 1996.

Gay & Lesbian Resource Center Bulletin (Santa Barbara, California): June 1992.

GLAMA News Gay/Lesbian March Activists Cincinnati (GLMA): October 1988; January 1989; February 1989; April 1989; May 1989; June 1989; July 1989; August 1989.

GLMA/ACT UP Newsletter (Gay & Lesbian March Activists): April 1993; June 1993.

The GLAAD Bulletin: October/November 1989; August/September 1990.

GLAAD/LA Reports: July/August 1991.

GLAAD Newsletter: Fall 1989.

Great Outdoors (Los Angeles, California): January 1993.

Healing AIDS (New York, New York): February 1988.

Heartspace (Los Angeles Shanti Foundation): January-February 1991.

HIV Frontline: A Newsletter for Professionals who Counsel People Living with HIV: November/December 1996.

Homosexual Information Center (Hollywood, California & Bossier City, Louisiana): 46.

LAMS Newsletter (Los Angeles Men's Study): April 1992.

Mass Act-Out Newsletter (Boston, Massachusetts): April 1988.

National AIDS Bulletin (Australia): December 1988/January 1989.

New Medicines in Development for AIDS (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America): November 1996.

Newsletter: A Weekly Unofficial Publication of ACT UP/NY: January 28, 1991; February 04, 1991.

Network News (UCLA Lesbian and Gay Faculty/Staff Network): Fall 1990.

The Nun Issue (The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, San Francisco, California): April 1993.

Optimist (AIDS Project Los Angeles): Spring 1992.

OUT! (San Francisco, California): January 1989; March 1989.

Outcry (New Jersey AIDS Activist Newsletter): May 1988.

Outspoken (Orange County, California): September 1989.

PANT News (Patient Advocates for Necessary Treatment, San Francisco, California): Summer 1989; Fall 1989.

The People with AIDS Coalition of Tucson: February-March 1989; April 1989; May 1989; June 1989; July 1989; August 1989; September-October 1989.

PI Perspective (Project Inform, San Francisco, California): March 1989; November 1989; October 1990; April 1991; February 1993.

Piss & Vinegar (New York, New York): December 04, 1989; February 1991.

Positive Living (AIDS Project Los Angeles): March 1996

Positive News (San Francisco, California AIDS Foundation): November 1996.

Queer Nation News (Los Angeles, California): December 01, 1990.

Reality Check (Santa Fe, New Mexico): April 1991.

Reporter: The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Los Angeles: Spring 1989.

Science vs. AIDS (Florence, Italy): June 16, 1991.

Searchlight (SEARCH Alliance, Los Angeles): Spring 1991; Spring 1992; July/August 1992.

Shades (Colors United Action Coalition/Los Angeles, California): March 1992.

Southern California Women's Caucus for Art: Spring 1991.

Stats! (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma): August 27, 1990.

Treatment & Research Forum (The Community Research Initiative): November 1990.

UCLA AIDS Institute Perspectives (UCLA Clinical AIDS Research and Education/CARE): Fall 1996.

United Log Cabin Clubs of California: Spring 1990.

The Vancouver People with AIDS Coalition: December/January/February 1989; March/April 1989; June 1989; August 1989; September/October 1989.

Wavelength (Groundswell; Seattle, Washington): Winter 1988-89.

Women Alive (Los Angeles, California): Winter 1995.

Removed to ONE Periodical Collection

The Advocate: November 10, 1987; February 23, 1989; January 16, 1990; November 20, 1990; August 13, 1991; December 1, 1992; December 15, 1992.

AIDS Kronika (Vilnius, Lithuania): 1993 NR. 30.

The Baltimore Alternative: October 15-November 14, 1987.

Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco, California): January 19, 1989; April 20, 1989; July 20, 1989; January 18, 1990; January 25, 1990; March 15, 1990; March 22, 1990; October 17, 1991; June 20, 1991; March 26, 1992; April 18, 1996; March 6, 1997.

Bay Times (San Francisco, California): July 1989.

Bay Windows (Boston, Massachusetts): March 31-April 6, 1988; April 7-April 13, 1988; May 5-May 11, 1988; January 25-January 31, 1990; October 17-October 23, 1991.

BLK (The National Black Lesbian and Gay News Magazine): January 1991.

Capital Gay: For Lesbians and Gay Men (London, England): July 31, 1992.

Colage (Los Angeles, California): March 11, 1987; April 11, 1987; May 11, 1987; June 1987; July 1987; August 11, 1987; September 1987.

Compass (Hollywood, California) March 1989.

Dispatch (Lambda Press, Inc., Los Angeles, California): January 20, 1988; February 3, 1988; May 11, 1988; July 6, 1988.

Edge Magazine (Los Angeles, California): October 29-November 11, 1987; December 21, 1988; May 24, 1989; January 17, 1990; August 26, 1992.

Frontiers (Los Angeles, California): October 21-November 4, 1987; July 27-August 10, 1988; November 2-November 16, 1988; November 16-November 30, 1988; February 22-March 8, 1989; June28, 1989; May 8, 1992; July 31, 1992; April 25, 1993.

Gay Community News (Boston, Massachusetts): October 4-10, 1987; November 5-11, 1989; December 24, 1989-January 6, 1990; January 14-20, 1990; May 6-12, 1990; May 13-19, 1990; May 20-26, 1990; May 27-June 2, 1990; June 3-9, 1990; June 24-30, 1990; January 5-11, 1992.

The Gay Community News (Hawaii and Western States): December 3-9, 1989; January 1990.

Gay & Lesbian Times (San Diego, California): April 24, 1997.

Gaze USA (Minnesota): April 5, 1990.

The Guide to the Gay Northeast (Boston, Massachusetts): February 1989.

The James White Review (Minneapolis, Minnesota): Spring 1990.

LGNY (New York, New York): March 20, 1997.

MGW Newspaper (Mom Guess What, Sacramento, California): May 15, 1991.

New York Native (New York, New York): October 26, 1987.

The News (Los Angeles, California): June 26, 1987; February 5, 1988; March 18, 1988; May 13, 1988; May 27, 1988; June 10, 1988; October 14, 1988; December 23, 1988; January 20, 1989; February 3, 1989; March 3, 1989; March 17, 1989; March 31, 1989; May 12, 1989; May 26, 1989; October 13, 1989; December 8, 1989.

Next (Provincetown, Massachusetts): January 4-10, 1989; March 15-21, 1989.

The Orange County Blade (Laguna Beach, California): April 1992; May 1994.

POZ Magazine: March 1997.

Queer L.A.: November 7, 1991; November 22, 1991; January 10, 1992; January 31, 1992; February 28, 1992; March 13, 1992; March 27, 1992.

Reactions (Los Angeles, California): March 22, 1989; December 13, 1989; July 19, 1991.

Square Peg (Los Angeles, California): May/June 1993.

San Francisco Sentinel: October 16, 1991.

The Student Independent (California State University, Los Angeles): December 1991.

Ten Percent: UCLA's Lesbian and Gay Newsmagazine: October 1987; March 1989.

Ten Percent: UCLA's Queer Magazine: January 29,1992.

Update (San Diego, California): December 9, 1987; April 13, 1988; May 11, 1988; July 6, 1988; August 2, 1989; August 30, 1989; November 22, 1989; December 6, 1989; December 20, 1989; January 17, 1990; January 31, 1990; March 28, 1990; August 29, 1990; September 26, 1990; June 19, 1991; August 28, 1991; September 25, 1991; October 10, 1991; October 23, 1991; November 6, 1991; November 20, 1991; April, 8 1992; May 20, 1992.

Vanguard (Los Angeles, California): March 9, 1990; April 6, 1990; June 1, 1990; September 7, 1990; October 5, 1990; November 30, 1990; December 14, 1990; March 8, 1991; May 17, 1991; May 31, 1991; June 28, 1991; August 9, 1991; August 23, 1991; September 6, 1991; September 20, 1991; October 4, 1991; October 18, 1991; November 1, 1991; November 15, 1991; December 13, 1991; January 10, 1992; January 31, 1992; March 6, 1992; March 20, 1992; April 3, 1992; May 8, 1992; August 7, 1992.

Village View: September 13-19, 1991.

Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.): October 9, 1987; October 16, 1987; June 21, 1991; October 4, 1991; April 19, 1993.

West Hollywood Post (Los Angeles, California): July 19, 1991.

Windy City Times (Chicago, Illinois): May 12, 1988.

The Wisconsin Light: May 3, 1990-May 16, 1990.

Removed to Periodicals with LGBT/AIDS Cover Stories Collection

Insight on the News: September 17, 1990.

Los Angeles Reader: June 7, 1991; October 8, 1993.

Los Angeles Times Magazine: March 1, 1992.

LA Weekly: November 25-December 1, 1988; October 6-12, 1989; May 17-May 23, 1991; May 6-May 12, 1994; March 29-April 4, 1996.

Newsweek: April 18, 1983; March 14, 1988; August 8, 1988; July 1, 1991.

Pasadena Weekly: July 26-August 1, 1991.

Radical America: November-December 1986.

San Francisco Chronicle: January 30, 1989.

San Francisco Examiner Image: June 17, 1990.

Scientific American: October 1988.

SF Weekly: September 19, 1990.

Time: August 12, 1985.

Torch (Revolutionary Socialist League): October-November 14, 1987.

U.S. News: July 5, 1993.

Weekly World News: January 30, 1990.

Removed to ONE Program Collection

AIDS: The Artists' Response (Hoyt L. Sherman Gallery, Ohio State University): February 24-April 16, 1989.

Christopher Street West (CSW) Pride Programs (Los Angeles): 1987-1993.

Orange County Pride Program (California): 1989.

Take Pride (National Black Gay & Lesbian Conference & Institutes): 1991.

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Day Parade & Celebration: 1990.

Removed to ONE Pamphlet Collection

Double Jeopardy--Threat to Life and Human Rights: Discrimination Against Persons with AIDS (Human Rights Internet): March 1990.

Kill Jesse Helms: A Docunovella in Two Parts (F(r)iction Publications) 1990.

The Passionate Asphyxiation of Cardinal Mahony (F(r)iction Publications): 1991.

Source Book Of Health Insurance Data (Health Insurance Association of America): 1990.

Southern California HIV Treatment Directory (Los Angeles): April 1991; Spring 1992.

The Status Of State Regulation Of Insurance Practices Regarding HIV Disease In The United States (Martin D. Casey): November 1989.

Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing : Facts, Issues and Answers (Centers for Disease Control): 1990.

Removed to ONE Clothing collection

Black nylon baseball cap with rectangular ACT UP Los Angeles logo in white.

Removed to ONE Banners, Posters, and Signs

See database listing for the complete list of banners, posters, and signs.

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira with the assistance of Sebastian, Jennifer Gottlieb and Victoria Lucero, May 25, 2012.


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