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AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead
City of West Hollywood Library
West Hollywood, CA
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AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead
Saturday, December 1, 2012  

Exhibitions about HIV/AIDS on display

Screenings of "Too Little, Too Late" and "Mother, Mother" followed by Q&A with the filmmaker

Presentations about HIV/AIDS and musical performances

Screening of "An Early Frost" followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers

West Hollywood Library Auditorium and Courtyard
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, in partnership with the City of West Hollywood, is pleased to present "AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead" at the West Hollywood Library on Saturday, December 1, 2012. This World AIDS Day event about the history and future of HIV/AIDS is part of ONE Archives 60th Anniversary programming. All proceeds benefit the continued preservation of materials related to HIV/AIDS at ONE Archives, the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world.

The day kicks off at 1pm with screenings of two remarkable HIV/AIDS pioneering films, "Too Little, Too Late" (1987) and "Mother, Mother" (1989). These award winning films about families dealing with AIDS were among the first films to address the epidemic in the United States. The screenings will be hosted by the filmmaker Micki Dickoff, followed by a Q&A.

From 4-5:30pm, ONE is excited to present leading HIV/AIDS speakers and performers who will address the current state of the AIDS epidemic through several dynamic presentations and performances. Widely recognized as one of the first physicians to identify AIDS as a disease in 1981, Dr. Michael Gottlieb will present "HIV: Across the Generations." Known for his clinical research, activism, and philanthropic work, Dr. Gottlieb was Rock Hudson's doctor following the actor's diagnosis with AIDS and along with Elizabeth Taylor and Mathilde Krim was a founding chair of the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

Following Dr. Gottlieb, Dr. Mark Katz, one of the leading doctors in the field of HIV/AIDS who has been on the front lines of the disease for over 30 years as a physician, medical adviser, educator, and volunteer will present "Recollections and Collections: A Physician Remembers AIDS." Dr. Katz founded Kaiser Permanente's clinic dedicated to HIV/AIDS at the West Los Angeles Medical Center in 1988 and served as the Southern California regional HIV physician coordinator from 1992 to 2006. From 1988 to 1997, Dr. Katz delivered more than one hundred monthly Being Alive Medical Updates, bringing hard-to-find information to PWAs and physicians.

The program will also feature performances by Cabaret entertainer and Temple Beth Chayim Chadashim Cantor, Juval Porat, who is the first, and only, cantor ordained in Germany since the Holocaust, as well as the Visionary Gospel Stylist and HIV+ Transwoman, Our Lady J. Known for her powerhouse pianist skills and unforgettable live shows, Our Lady J was recently named one of OUT Magazine's "Out 100." Before embarking on her solo career, she developed her "stage legs" through accompanying and musical directing artists including Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, and Lady Gaga.

To conclude the day, ONE will present the second groundbreaking HIV/AIDS film "An Early Frost", beginning at 7pm. Originally broadcast on NBC in 1985, "An Early Frost" was the first major feature film to deal with the topic of HIV/AIDS. The film was nominated for 14 Emmy Awards and won three, including Outstanding Writing For a Movie or Miniseries for Cowen and Lipman for their teleplay. It also garnered three Golden Globe nominations, and won the coveted Peabody Award. Writers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman will introduce the film and answer questions.

Throughout the day, treasures from Dr. Mark Katz's personal collection on HIV/AIDS, assembled over 28 years of his involvement with HIV/AIDS treatment, will be on display in the courtyard along with ONE Archives' 12-panel AIDS History Timeline. These exhibitions will be free and open to the public.

During the event, ONE will highlight several foundational HIV/AIDS organizations from Los Angeles who have established their collections at ONE. The event will also feature a memorial slideshow of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS. For inclusion in the slideshow, please email a photo and name of your loved one to

All proceeds benefit ONE Archives. Refreshments will be served.

"AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead" is presented in partnership with the City of West Hollywood.

Generous support for ONE's 60th Anniversary, including "AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead" is provided by Wells Fargo. Additional support provided by Dr. Reid Rasmussen.


City of West Hollywood Library (View)
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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