On the 16th of November in 1964, four women and four men appeared in their underwear at the Judson Memorial Church, happily cavorting with each other and rubbing their bodies with carefree smiles. They piled up together, humping and sensually touching each other in a mess of raw fish, chicken and sausages. It was an event devoid of modesty, an unapologetic, uncensored expression of sexuality.
GMHC released the following statement acknowledging World AIDS Day on December 1st, a time of mourning, remembrance, and hope for a brighter future.
This afternoon, elected officials, LGBT organizations and advocates attended the dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial on Greenwich Avenue at 7th Avenue. At 6 p.m., a candlelight vigil and remembrance gathering is being hosted by the Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan (164 West 100th Street). Finally, at 7 p.m., long term survivors of HIV (those living with HIV for 20+ years) will gather at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South) for an evening of readings and performances by long term survivors.
At best, performances at the Vision Festival don’t seem like gigs, but manifestations or happenings or extended-family parties. It’s normal there for music to spill over into dance or poetry or visual-art projections or some other performative act: that breadth has been the essence of the festival since it started in 1996.
I’ve tried, at least in public, to avoid the term Bernie bro. I understand why the many women and people of color who are supporting Bernie Sanders for president feel erased by it. I can see why lefty white men feel maligned by the implicit suggestion that they are rejecting Hillary Clinton out of sexism rather than idealism.
The Rev. Howard R. Moody the longtime minister of the historic Judson Memorial Church, who hurled himself and his Greenwich Village congregation into roiling social issues, at one point helping women from around the nation get illegal abortions, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 91.