February 2, 2015 – New York, NY – On Saturday night, activists from the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) gathered outside the Waldorf Astoria at a gala sponsored by Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to honor Fortune 500 corporations.
Activists kicked things off with a pizza party and rally across the street from the Waldorf.  Fifty activists attended in below-freezing temperatures to challenge HRC to do more in the fight against HIV.  ACT UP members slammed HRC for not including any mention of HIV in their yearly Corporate Equality Index.  They also demanded that HRC appoint an HIV liaison to the AIDS community.
One activist spoke about ACT UP’s critical role in the Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in NY State by 2020 and how HRC could assist in lobbying Governor Cuomo for the budget to fund the Plan.  Another ACT UP member addressed HRC’s silence on the dire situation of homeless LGBT youth in NYC and their elevated risk of HIV infection.

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

HRC Report card

On Sat Jan 31, join ACT UP to protest HRC (Human Rights Campaign) at their annual gala honoring Fortune 500 companies. While HRC dines with the 1%, a 35+ year HIV epidemic rages on in our LGBT community, still cutting many LGBT lives short.

Health officials warn about the recent sharp increase in HIV infections among young gay men and transgender women, especially among communities of color. We need our national LGBT orgs like HRC to shine a spotlight on HIV and AIDS until the epidemic is over for all populations, especially our most at-risk LGBT people.

HRC has created an LGBT equality index to score the Fortune 500 companies, but there's no mention of HIV and the thousands of LGBT people with HIV in the workplace. We demand that HRC include several criteria to evaluate companies on their treatment of employees living with HIV, as well as their contributions to organizations and causes relate to reducing the incidence of HIV among LGBT Americans, particularly among the young. For over 30 years, too many have been fired, harassed, outed and discriminated against at work for having HIV.

Also at this gala, many of the corporations that HRC will honor actively work against the interests of middle-class and poor Americans, including people with HIV. ACT UP denounces this frequent practice of '"pinkwashing" whereby corporations with policies and practices that undermine the people's well-being are given positive publicity in exchange for maintaining LGBT-friendly (or just equal) workplaces. This is short-sighted and divisive. We demand that HRC develop other criteria that takes into account the impact of companies' policies on every American, not just LGBT Americans.

WHAT: ACT UP Protests HRC Gala
WHERE: Waldorf Astoria (301 Park Ave -- Meet at 49th and Park)
WHEN: Sat Jan 31 from 5:00PM - 8PM
ATTIRE: Street Fabulous
BRING: Pots, Pans, Signs, Props, Noisemakers
DIRECTIONS: Take the 6 to 51st St or the E,M to Lexington Ave and 53rd St

Click HERE for our event page.

Click HERE for an article from Edge Boston

World AIDS Day 2014 at the Apollo, NYC, 12.1.14, 10am, Housing Works

Join ACT UP Vocal NY, Housing works, and dozens of AIDS organizations for a World AIDS Day program to end the AIDS epidemic in NY by 2020. The rally will take place on Monday December 1st from 10am-noon at the Apollo Theater at 253 W. 125th St in Harlem. The event is free and open to the public. Take the ABCD, 2 or 3 trains to the 125th St. stop. Press release follows:

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Press Contacts:

Mika De Roo (Housing Works) | 347-473-7436
Jennifer Flynn (VOCAL-NY) | 917-517-5202
Megan Montalvo (NYC Health) | 347-396-4177
Cathy Renna (ACRIA) | 917-757-6123
Krishna Stone (GMHC) | 212-367-1016


We can end AIDS by 2020

NYC World AIDS Day Coalition to Host Launch of the End AIDS NY 2020 Campaign

Community leaders, people living with HIV & AIDS, celebrities, and elected and city officials to speak at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater

New York, NY—On Monday, December 1 (World AIDS Day), the New York City World AIDS Day Coalition, consisting of over 40 AIDS-service and community-based organizations, medical providers, the NYC Council Speaker’s Office, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will host a community launch of the Governor’s Ending the Epidemic Campaign, a state plan to end AIDS in New York by the year 2020. The launch will take place at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater and provide an opportunity for the general public to learn more about the campaign and how New Yorkers can help.


Community leaders, people living with HIV & AIDS, celebrities, and elected and city officials including: Mayor Bill de Blasio; Senators Brad Hoylman,

Out of Darkness, World AIDS Day vigil & rememberance

ACT UP is joining with The American Run for the End of AIDS (AREA),  and 17 other organizations to sponsor Out of the Darkness, on Monday, December 1st. The event consistes of a:

Candelight Vigil at 6pm at Trininity Lutheran Church of Manhattan at 164 West 100th St (at Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan

and continutes to:

Advent Lutheran Chruch/Broadway United Church of Christ

2504 Broadway (at 93rd St)

for a:

Time of Reflection and Reading of Names of those We have Lost to AIDS beginning at 6:30pm


and followed by a World AIDS Day Gathering

with guest speakers and Performers at 7pm.


Wheelchair accessible and ASL interpreted.

Refreshments served following the gathering

For more information, Call 212-367-1016 or write to krishnas(at)

70 Protestors in Solidarity with People with Ebola & Against Stigma at Governor Cuomo's Office



What: Protest and March Calling on Cuomo and Christie to End the Mandatory Ebola Quarantine and Support West African Nations

When: Thursday, 5pm (EST), October 30, 2014

Where: Meet Across The Street From Bellevue Hospital Center, 462 First Avenue at 27th St., New York City

Historic NYC AIDS Activist Group Marches On Cuomo's Office To Demand He Show Support For West African Nations

Thursday, October 30, at 5PM (EST), The AIDS activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) will rally and march from Bellevue Hospital to the governor’s office to demand that Governors Cuomo and Christie stop promoting panic-based health policies and start supporting West African nations fighting Ebola.

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to announce a new policy at JFK and Newark International Airports to order immediate mandatory 21-day quarantine of any person who acknowledges having been in proximity to people with Ebola.  Such policies will do nothing to protect the American public and serve as a major deterrent to the recruitment of desperately needed healthcare workers to help stop the deadly outbreak that has killed over 4500 individuals in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Already, Kaci Hickox, a volunteer nurse from Doctors Without Borders, was inhumanely confined for days in New Jersey, even after testing negative for the disease.

Cuomo and Christie’s mandatory quarantine policies go against