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.

SEPTEMBER 1

2,500 activists marched on President Bush’s vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, to demand leadership on AIDS. After a die-in on the road to the Bushes’ house, activists unrolled a 50-foot-long banner outlining a 32-point plan to end the AIDS crisis. (1991)

Chloe Dzubilo is the first transgender person on the cover of POZ magazine. (2004)

  

SEPTEMBER 2

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes the first occupational HIV exposure precautions for health care workers and allied health professionals. (1983)

 

SEPTEMBER 3

Photographer/artist Grahame Perry’s ashes are scattered by loved ones in the San Francisco Bay. (2016)

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SEPTEMBER 5

Activists put a giant condom over Senator Jesse Helms’s house. (1991)Courtesy of Peter Staley

Activists put a giant condom over Senator Jesse Helms’s house. (1991)

SEPTEMBER 6

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The AIDS (Artists Involved with Death & Survival) Show premieres at Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco. The play is the subject of a 1986 documentary film of the same name. (1984)

Visiting Desire featuring HIV-positive artist and activist Chloe Dzubilo premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. (1996)

SEPTEMBER 7

The AIDS-themed Broadway musical Rent take its final bow. (2008)

 

SEPTEMBER 8

Actor Brad Davis dies of AIDS-related complications at age 41. He played the lead role in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. (1991)

 

SEPTEMBER 9

The CDC identifies all major routes of HIV transmission—and rules out transmission by casual contact, food, water, air, or environmental surfaces. (1983)

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” composer Michael FriedmanYouTube/Broadwaycom

Broadway composer and lyricist Michael Friedman—known for his work on the musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson—dies at age 41. His death is a reminder to many that people continue to die of AIDS-related illnesses. (2017)

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SEPTEMBER 11

Nick Rhoades, who in May was sentenced in Iowa to 25 years in prison for failing to disclose his HIV status to a sexual partner who didn’t contract HIV, has his sentence reduced to five years’ probation without jail time. (2009)

Color Dot Connect: Curtis Carman and John Hanning exhibit presented by Visual AIDS opens at Mixed Greens gallery. (2014)

SEPTEMBER 12

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Actor Anthony Perkins, known for playing Norman Bates in Psycho, dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 60. (1992)

The PWA Housing Committee organizes a demonstration to make AIDS housing an issue in New York City Council elections. (1993)

The Department of Justice announces a $715,000 settlement in favor of a boy who was denied admission to the Milton Hershey School because he is living with HIV. (2012)

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SEPTEMBER 14

ACT UP’s Sell Welcome action at the New York Stock Exchange stops all trading for an unprecedented 30 minutes. (1989)

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SEPTEMBER 16

ACT UP NY joins ACT UP Long Island in a demonstration protesting the lack of AIDS housing on Long Island. (1989)

SEPTEMBER 17

President Ronald Reagan mentions AIDS publicly for the first time during a press conference. (1985)

SEPTEMBER 18

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

SEPTEMBER 19

Sweden becomes the first country to meet the UN 90-90-90 goal (90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% of them are on sustained treatment, and 90% of those people achieve viral suppression). (2016)

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SEPTEMBER 22

Positively Aware launches the anti-stigma campaign “A Day With HIV,” which encourages people living with and affected by HIV to photograph a moment of their day and share it on social media. (2010)

I Have Something to Tell You

POZ editor-in-chief Regan Hofmann releases her memoir, I Have Something to Tell You. (2009)

SEPTEMBER 23

REPEAL Act proposes a review of all laws, policies, and regulations regarding criminal prosecution for HIV-related offenses in U.S. (2011)

SEPTEMBER 24

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses the term “AIDS” (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) for the first time. (1982)

The CDC releases revised HIV testing recommendations for health care settings, recommending routine HIV screening for all individuals ages 13 to 64 and yearly screening for those at high risk. (2006)

SEPTEMBER 25

Artist and filmmaker Jack Smith dies of AIDS-related complications. (1989)

Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome), a grassroots movement empowering long-term survivors, is founded. (2013)

SEPTEMBER 26

The Food and Drug Administration rules that the labeling of latex condoms must contain an expiration date. (1997)

Visual AIDS launches DUETS: Stephen Andrews and Gregg Bordowitz In Conversation. (2014)

SEPTEMBER 27

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

SEPTEMBER 28

Representatives Phillip Burton (D–Calif.) and Ted Weiss (D–N.Y.) introduce the first legislation to allocate funding for AIDS research. The resolution dies in committee, and Congress does not approve the first dedicated funding for AIDS research and treatment until July 1983. (1982)

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New York’s attorney general and Lambda Legal file the first HIV-related discrimination lawsuit on behalf of Joseph Sonnabend, MD, and his patients. (1983)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launches the first AIDS-related public service announcements, “America Responds to AIDS.” The campaign encourages a dialogue about HIV and AIDS and kicks off the newly designated AIDS Awareness Month in October. (1987

Senate Bill 1007 Mandatory Testing of Prostitutes was signed into law in California. (1988)


About the Artwork

Randy “freedom clay” Rogers, We Are All the Face of HIV/AIDS, 2012, Acrylic on canvas

In the midst of the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS, I was proud to see community based participatory research done in Durham, NC that methodically brought young Black adults (18-30), community members and social scientists together to have a real conversation about ways to decrease HIV infection via increasing awareness, examining reception and potential engagement in HIV biomedical research in this area of the country. Our attitude about HIV and the people who are disproportionately infected plays a significant role in HIV prevalence and incidence around the world.  We are all the face of HIV and together, we can change the “face” and the “state” of HIV.

—Randy “freedom clay” Rogers

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.