Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of a Well-Dressed Black AIDS Activist A Multi-Media Solo Performance by Chad Goller-Sojourner
Set in NYC during the height of the AIDS Crisis, Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of a Well-Dressed Black AIDS Activist, is a Multimedia Solo Performance, that explores the paradoxical and precarious relationship between fighting AIDS while simultaneously engaging in self-harming behaviors.
Despite bearing the statistical brunt of this country's HIV/AIDS epidemic, Black gay men and our stories have yet to secure our rightful seat at the collective AIDS Crisis narrative table, leaving us two options - wait for an invitation that is never coming or answer the call of our ancestor Marlon Riggs, who said, When nobody speaks your name or even knows it, you, knowing it, must be the first to speak it.
I moved to New York City in the fall of 1992. The next few years would be the AIDS epidemics most deadly. AIDS became the leading cause of death among persons 25 to 44 years old and eighth overall in the nation. In my second year, AIDS took the lives of 40,000 U.S. residents and accounted for 23% of all U.S. deaths among men and 32% of all deaths among African American men. During year three, AIDS deaths reached an all-time high of 50,000. Only eight thousand less than the number of American casualties lost during the twenty-year Vietnam War. A disproportionate number those who died were Black and artists. The fact That I am still here has never been lost on me.
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Chad Goller-Sojourner is a Seattle-based writer, solo-performer, and recipient of a distinguished Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship. His work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and featured on NPR. In 2013 he debuted his sophomore solo show: Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness. It showcases The groundbreaking, and crushingly honest story of what happens when a black boy, raised by white parents, ages out of honorary white, and suburban privilege and into a world where folklore, statistics, and conjecture deem him dangerous until proven otherwise. His inaugural solo show, Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy, debuted July 2008 and chronicles the performer's life-long affair with the scale and ten-plus year liaison with an eating disorder.
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