'How to Survive a Plague' Activist Peter Staley Offers Advice to Younger Gay Men on 'Anderson Live': VIDEO


Peter Staley, the longtime AIDS activist and ACT UP founder who is at the center of David France's excellent Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, appears on Anderson Live on Monday for a discussion about the film.

Staley has some advice for younger gay men: "Learn your history. Learn about the people that pushed against the hatred and the ignorance and made this country give a damn about your lives and about your health..."


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  1. we need to know our history in case someone tries to erase it... it's been done, many times, to many groups, before.... if not tended, cultures die, history is what remains...

    Posted by: V-8 | Feb 10, 2013 6:57:27 AM

  2. @ Buckie, that is a quote of George Santayana, a Hispanic American Philosopher who was gay (but closeted). But how many people know that? His critique of the United States's imperialism was almost unique for it's time.
    @Di0genes Arktos: here in SF we just funded a history (called a Context Statement) of African Americans in San Francisco, the purpose of which will be to discover whether their are sites that are sufficiently significant to warrant Landmark Status. A Context Statement for LGBT history for SF was privately done by a group of us a decade ago (not because any of us are rich but because we knew to do it), which became the first Context Statement for LGBT history in the country. It will probably expanded and updated. We will probably also fund a Latino History Context statement, which is in the works. These become official city documents that affect Planning and Land use decisions. History matters.

    Posted by: entrepoid | Feb 10, 2013 10:41:15 AM

  3. I certainly wouldn't look at Staley's version of history, the usual mainstream, ghetto queen's whitewash of the community's non-response to HIV. Even now, thirty years later, there is no effort to stop HIV. It's a disgrace.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Feb 10, 2013 10:50:40 AM

  4. @Lil' Phukface,

    Alcoholics Anonymous called; they want their spiel back.

    You're like one of those very annoying 'ex' this or that, out to annoy every person around you. You're essentially a rigid thinking fanatic,no different than a religious extremist or any other type of extremist. And like them, the abrasive and bullying behavior you engage in is an attempt to control others.

    Have a nice day.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 10, 2013 11:39:26 AM

  5. My dad is dead and he never loved me.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 10, 2013 4:37:04 PM

  6. This powerful Documentary reminded me of how, after MLK was killed, blacks forgot to press the issue of equality post mourning. Gay men forgot to hammer home the use of condoms after medication made AIDS manageable. The proliferation of bareback porn has me aghast at the acceptance of watching young men kill themselves.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Feb 11, 2013 8:37:31 AM

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