Enough to kill thousands of hemophiliacs and transplant recipients? An official in the infamous Duvalier administration, known as “The Vampire of the Caribbean,” ran a business that bled impoverished Haitians for their plasma and reused infected needles and tubing on the donor/victims. The Concrete Liberation Narratives of Advent (Part 1). Reproduction by Common Threads Project. Sally Perryman tells the story of her husband Robert and his struggle with addiction in a way that makes him highly sympathetic. The film profiles two “stereotypical” survivors of AIDS, Vito Russo and Tracy Torrey, gay men who had buried partners, and were infected themselves. Identity Politics vs. Transactional Politics. I'm frustrated right now, but I shouldn't be. Jeffrey Friedman Photos - Jeffrey Friedman attends The Academy And Outfest Present 'Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt' 30th Anniversary Screening And Restoration Premiere at … COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT. 1989. Film, Documentaries. Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein . Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. The first wall of denial I had to scale when I began to realize the truth about my sexuality was, “I can’t be gay; I have a sense of humor.”. Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt . This was the only gay visibility at the time. Supposing the gay community makes up about 5% of the population and half of them, 2.5%, were gay men. Get updates from Pop Theology delivered straight to your inbox, In 1993 as a freshman at the University of Louisville, the gay community I took my first, tentative steps toward coming out into was sick, angry, and exhausted, after twelve years of fighting on the front lines of the battle against AIDS. Before moving on, let’s take a moment clear up a misconception about the origins of AIDS. It is probably a matter of both correlation and causation that this breakthrough happened at the end of the Reagan administration, which insisted on seeing the AIDS crisis as a moral issue rather than a public health emergency. Perhaps the most striking story is that of Tracy Torrey, a Naval officer who lost his partner, David C. Campbell. Their lives - along with thousands of others - are woven together in a giant memorial patchwork quilt that is solemnly unfolded in the U.S. capitol to protest the government's refusal to respond to a growing epidemic. The accusation made by anti-gay forces in the first wave of the crisis was that hemophiliacs died of AIDS because gay men had “tainted the blood supply.”. Torrey speaks from his bed, dying, KS lesions eating away at his skin. Il a remporté l'Oscar du meilleur film documentaire en 1990 [1. How one pair of hands took over when another pair could not. To find out more about the St. Aidan’s panel of the quilt, see this online PDF file. Also, send me the Progressive Christian Newsletter and special offers. Time Out says. The film demonstrates how the disease began to break down barriers—between heterosexual-led middle class families who found common ground with the gay community, and between these communities and urban minority communities that were also heavily impacted by AIDS. And yet the most promiscuous and therefore at-risk group for developing HIV in this relatively small population were so civic-minded they were regularly donating blood? Most movingly, the film shows him making panels both for Campbell and himself, knowing their two names will soon be stitched next to each other on the quilt. An Olympic athlete; a gay activist; a boy with hemophilia; a recovering heroin addict; a closeted Navy commander: five very diverse lives that shared a common fate. Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Moved Permanently. 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