AIDS is an everyday experience. The dates on this calendar all relate to the AIDS crisis. Some are globally known; others are drawn from personal experiences.

This online calendar is produced in partnership with Visual AIDS and is an extension of the exhibition “EVERYDAY,” which was curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz and Hugh Ryan in 2016. The exhibition and accompanying print calendar explored the AIDS crisis—historically and currently—through the lens of art and ephemera that examines and evidences daily experiences and practices in response to HIV/AIDS. Artists featured in the “EVERYDAY” exhibition were invited to submit as many dates to the calendar as they desired.

We invite you to reflect upon these dates, and this artwork, in dialogue with one another. We also encourage you to submit dates of your own by clicking here. Submissions may include the date of your diagnosis, the date of the loss of a loved one to AIDS-related illness or a significant milestone in your life with HIV/AIDS.

New submissions will be continually added to the calendar because AIDS is not over.


1st nationally coordinated civil disobedience about HIV/AIDS at the White House. (1987)

NOT OVER exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at La MaMa Galleria. (2013)


Visual AIDS partners with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to launch the Red Ribbon at the 45th Annual Tony Awards. (1991)


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Test, which measures viral load, or the amount of HIV in the blood. (1996)

To Believe exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at La MaMa Galleria. (2010)

JUNE 3–9
Cyclists ride 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of AIDS/LifeCycle (formerly the California AIDS Ride) to raise funds for HIV/AIDS services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The first ride took place 25 years ago. (2019)


Tainted Love exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at La MaMa Galleria. (2009)

Grahame Perry exhibits his Every AIDS Obituary (2014) and Long-Term Survivor Project. (2015)

ACT UP demonstrates at the Fifth International Conference on AIDS in Montreal and calls for parallel track drug testing in AIDS treatment research. (1989)


HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day

Barton Lidicé Beneš receives inaugural Visual AIDS Vanguard Award. (2006)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the first cases of a rare pneumonia—later determined to be AIDS related—in young gay men in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (1981)

The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) releases RISE Proud: Combating HIV Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men, an action plan to mitigate the impact of HIV on Black gay and bisexual men. (2013)


United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, a documentary film about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement told from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic, is released. (2012)


New York Court of Appeals vacates conviction of aggravated assault for David Plunkett, an HIV-positive man who bit a police officer. (2012)


National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

International sex workers protest during AIDS conference in Montreal including Carol Leigh, Andrew Hunter, Danny Cockerline and more. (1989)


Wigstock: The Movie featuring Chloe Dzubilo is released. (1995)


Leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) Summit (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) call for the establishment of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, a consortium of government and private-sector groups, to coordinate and accelerate research efforts to find an effective HIV vaccine. (2004)

The U.S. Congress enacts the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act, which gives the Office of AIDS Research primary oversight of all NIH AIDS research. The act also requires NIH and other research agencies to expand involvement of women and minorities in all research. (1993)



Hugh Steers born (1962)

People living with AIDS (PLWAs) take over the plenary stage at the Second National AIDS Forum in Denver and issue a statement declaring the rights and responsibilities of PLWAs. The statement becomes known as “The Denver Principles.” (1983)


The Iowa Supreme Court overturns the conviction of Nick Rhoades, who faced a 25-year prison sentence for not disclosing his HIV status during a sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom. (2014)


ACT UP joins holistic health advocates for a Health Freedom Rally near the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (1992)

Activist Hydeia Broadbent is born with HIV. She began speaking about living with HIV/AIDS at age 6. (1984)


Where Did The Love Go? campaign launched by Visual AIDS. (2007)


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues the first guidelines for preventing Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), an AIDS-related opportunistic infection and a major cause of illness and death for people living with AIDS. (1989)


CBS broadcasts HIV & AIDS: Awareness & Compassion, an interfaith special on religion and HIV. (2012)


Singer Peter Allen dies of AIDS-related complications. In 2003, Hugh Jackman stars as Allen in the biographical musical The Boy From Oz on Broadway. (1992)




AIDS activists demonstrate at the Sixth International Conference on AIDS in San Francisco to highlight the demands of the HIV/AIDS community and to protest the new ban on travel to the United States by people with HIV. (1990)


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves nevirapine, the first non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. (1996)

Luna Luis Ortiz born. (1972)

ACT UP’s four-day, 24/7 protest at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, demands more clinical trials of drugs other than AZT and more PWAs in the trials. (1987)


FDA approves tipranavir (TPV), brand name Aptivus. (2005)



ACT UP meets with homeless people at a Tent City in City Hall Park, built to protest the city’s policy on the homeless, and gives out information on AIDS and distributes condoms. (1988)


Mark Morrisroe dies of AIDS-related complications (1989)

Long-term survivor Tony Feher dies (2016)

FDA approves stavudine (d4T), brand name Zerit. (1994)


Desert Migration, a film about a group of long-term survivors living in Palm Springs, California, premieres at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. (2015)

Visual AIDS launches inaugural Play Smart safer sex trading cards for NYC Pride. (2010)

French philosopher Michel Foucault dies of AIDS-related complications. (1984)


U.S. Congress enacts the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, including people living with HIV/AIDS. (1990)


National HIV Testing Day

The NAMES Project displays the first 40 panels of The AIDS Quilt from the Mayor’s balcony at San Francisco City Hall. (1987)

Gran Fury’s Pope Piece exhibited at the Venice Biennale. (1990)


Visual AIDS exhibitions SIDE X SIDE opens at La MaMa Galleria (2008) and House In Vermont: prvtdncr & bodega vendetta opens at Printed Matter. (2013)



The World Health Organization certifies Cuba as the first nation to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis. (2015)

Grahame Perry has first IV-drip infusions of Compound (non-FDA approved drug derived from Chinese Cucumber root). (1990)

Ryan White is denied admittance to his middle school after AIDS diagnosis at age 13. (1985)

About the Artwork

fierce pussy, to do list, 1994, Printed poster

This poster was made for the fierce pussy mobile (1994), and later wheatpasted on the streets of New York City. Using a borrowed art-moving truck, fp wheatpasted the truck with large-scale posters, and enlisted friends to drive the truck around NYC during Pride weekend of Stonewall 25—the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. The fierce pussy mobile was a do-it-yourself moving billboard. The posters were produced on color Xerox machines after hours at our day jobs at magazines. At the end of the weekend, the truck was taken to the car wash, posters removed and the truck was returned to the art mover.

—fierce pussy

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications—while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. Visual AIDS is committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.