MISTOWN, MANHATTAN — December 8 2019:
Act Up organization rallied outside of St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday, December 8th 2019. To remember the controversial protest held 30 years ago and to demand equal LGBT rights , free condoms and for the church to stay out of women’s reproductive rights. Tomorrow , December 10th, marks 30 years since thousands of activists stormed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan in opposition to the Catholic Church’s policies on homosexuality, HIV/ AIDS, and abortion. On December 10, 1989, at least 4,500 members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and the Women’s Health Action Mobilization (WHAM!) demonstrated outside the church to highlight the dire consequences faced by those living with HIV and AIDS at a time when government, religious, and public health leaders remained lethargic in their response to the epidemic. Activists went inside St Patrick’s Cathedral and gave out free condoms, some activists cuffed themselves to pews and others opted to lie on the ground or shout to disrupt Mass. ACT UP os an AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power is an international, grassroots political group working to end the AIDS pandemic. The group works to improve the lives of people with AIDS through direct action, medical research, treatment and advocacy, and working to change legislation and public policies.
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