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After the rally, protesters moved across the street and picketed the entrance of the Waldorf while surrounded by 20 members of the NYPD and Waldorf security. As well-dressed same-sex couples exited taxis and limousines
to enter the Waldorf, they were met by ACT UP members chanting among other things, "HRC fight HIV, like the leaders that you claim to be."
After 30 min of picketing, members raised a giant sign over the sidewalk reading, "Dear Gay Inc., HIV Is Gayer and Younger than Ever" while chanting to incoming guests.
Earlier in the day, there were solidarity protests criticizing HRC in two other cities, San Francisco and Washington DC. Approximately twenty-four activists held signs and chanted outside the HRC Store on Castro St. in San Francisco. Among other things, activists demanded that HRC address the lack of affordable housing in the Bay Area.
Later in the afternoon, Washington DC activists redecorated the entrance to HRC’s headquarters by replacing HRC’s logo of the “=” sign with one of a slash through it dripping with pink slime. The pink slime represented the practice nicknamed “pinkwashing” whereby corporations with policies and practices that undermine people's well-being are given positive publicity in exchange for maintaining LGBT-friendly workplaces.
About ACT UP: Founded in 1987, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. ACT UP meets every Monday night at 7pm in New York City at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street off 7th Ave.
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