Temporary “Quilt Store” to Support the AIDS Memorial Quilt Coming to 1030 17th Street, NW on June 27th

1030 17th St, NW

From Quilt 2012:

What is the AIDS Memorial Quilt?

In June 1987, a group of strangers gathered to remember the names and lives of their loved ones they feared history would forget. It was this group that first set the sewing machines at The NAMES Project Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, in motion in a small storefront in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood. Those first few memorials – sewn 25 years ago, were voices crying out the suffering of one community. Over the years those voices have swelled to tens of thousands calling for compassion, awareness and action in the age of AIDS on behalf of people from all walks of life, all around the globe.

Throughout its history, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has been used to fight prejudice, raise awareness and funding, as a means to link hands with the global community in the struggle against AIDS, and as an effective tool in HIV and AIDS education and prevention.

The store will be:

“the perfect way to support The Quilt as it makes its way to Washington, D.C. You can purchase Quilt 2012 merchandise, attend cool events, learn more about the Quilt, and HIV/AIDS.”

12 Comment

  • Totally misleading headline for quilters out there.

  • Saying “attend cool events” is not how I would phrase events related to a quilt that memorializes tens of thousands that died of AIDS and was unfurled when it was still a national epidemic.

  • Interesting. I noticed yesterday that Arena Stage in Southwest had AIDS quilts hanging in their windows. I had not idea why. Now I know (maybe).

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Arena is staging a revival of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. It’s set in NYC in 1981-1984 and is an account of the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. It’s semi-autobiographical — Larry Kramer started the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACTUP. Arena is planning to bring the quilt back to DC during the run and also the big AIDS conference is coming to DC as well.

  • Much of my late 80s address book contains names now on this quilt. Not sure I can go see it again.

  • It’s great that the AIDS Quilt is still being displayed (albeit in pieces) to remind people of the toll that AIDS has taken primarily on gay men. In 1993, in conjunction with the March on Washington, the entire Quilt (or as much as could fit) was laid out on the Mall, while people on stage continuously read the names of those (including their loved ones) who had died. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life and brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it. I realize that many members of the PoP community are probably not old enough to remember (as indicated by their snarky comments), but the Quilt is something that has a great deal of meaning to gay men who have lived through this epidemic since the early 80s. An entire generation of gay men was wiped out by AIDS, and those of us that lost friends and partners will never forget. Please don’t be dismissive of this store — it really is a place worth visiting and supporting.

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