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May 24, 2014

'There is so much work still to be done, but there's also so much potential'

Entertainer and AIDS activist Elton John is hoping the HBO drama The Normal Heart will serve as a reminder to people that AIDS has still not been cured.

'Today, we know how to protect everyone, and we have the ability to treat every single person living with HIV," he writes in a first-person column Friday for CNN.

May 18, 2014

The 10K walk attracted locals and visitors from California

Sam Binkow was a minor celebrity today, 18 May, at the AIDS Walk New York. He promised to walk in a Speedo if he could get $3,000 (€2,100) in donations.

The Los Angeles man accumulated $9,000 (€6,500) and joined thousands of others in Central Park to walk 10K for AIDS/HIV organizations.

'The Speedo brings out the donations,' Binkow said to GSN. 'I love it and so does my girlfriend.'

The day was a financial success. Organizers announced, via Twitter, participants collected a total of $5.1 million (€3.7).

May 16, 2014

Six-time Emmy winner Tyne Daly, presently performing on Broadway in  Mothers and Sons, will attend the 18 May AIDS Walk New York

For the past five years Ann Marie Mejis' mid-winter, to late spring, months have been filled preparing for one day.

July 26, 2013

Wrote The Normal Heart and co-founded ACT-UP and Gay Men's Health Crisis at height of AIDS epidemic in the US

Playwright and longtime activist Larry Kramer married longtime partner David Webster in the intensive care unit of a New York City hospital today where he is recovering from surgery.

Kramer, 78, is best known for his Tony Award winning play The Normal Heart and his role as a founder of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and The Gay Men's Health Crisis during the height of the AIDS crisis in the US in the 1980s.

July 13, 2013

Yesterday gay men around the country joined in a peaceful demonstration to protest the federal law that prohibits gay men from donating blood

Gay men across the US have joined forces against the 1970’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on gay blood donors.

Gay rights organizations and activists organized a National Gay Blood Drive day yesterday (12 July) where men who have sex with men, also known as MSM, were encouraged to arrive at 53 blood donation centers around the US and attempt to give blood.

May 19, 2013

For 28 years, there is a day in May when New Yorkers come together for for AIDS awareness and education

The weather was less than perfect. It constantly rained and the temperature should have been higher for a May Sunday. However, even less than ideal conditions did not keep approximately 30,000 people from raising money for AIDS/HIV support services.

For 28 years the AIDS Walk New York has attracted support from all neighborhoods in the city. This year, as reported by organization's Twitter feed, $5.5 million (€4,287,429) was raised today (19 May).

May 13, 2013

Martha Wash will sing for thousands at New York’s 28th Annual 10k AIDS Walk

New York’s 28th Annual AIDS Walk will take place Sunday 19 May.

The 10k walk will see over 45,000 people participate, starting and ending in the city's Central Park.

Special guests will be headlining and promoting the cause, including Smash’s Megan Hilty, Glee’s Alex Newell, Ugly Betty’s Micheal Urie and Martha Wash singing You’ll Never Walk Alone.

To date the sponsored walk has raised $2,898,109 (£1,892,902, €2,233,559) all of which goes to Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and more that 40 other local AIDS service organizations.

January 4, 2013

Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Boimer to lead the cast of long-awaited film about AIDS crisis  written by Larry Kramer

After decades of development, The Normal Heart will begin shooting in New York City later this year to air on HBO in 2014 with Ryan Murphy as its director, the network announced Friday (4 January).

The film is written by Larry Kramer who also wrote the largely autobiographical Tony Award-winning play on which it is based. It is about the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984.

September 19, 2012

'I like people who are like, ‘You know what? I don’t care what you think. I have something to say'

Busy Ryan Murphy, the force behind TV's Glee, The New Normal and American Horror Story, has yet another project that he's working on these days: the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart.

He's got nothing but admiration for the outspoken Kramer who wrote the largely autobiographical plays about the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984.

August 14, 2012

Sunday's episode of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva tells story of man arrested for donating sperm

The next episode of the drama Drop Dead Diva sheds light on a little-known US law that makes it illegal for a man to donate sperm if he's had sex with another man during the past five years.

Airing on Sunday (19 August), the episode tells the story of a gay man, played by Tyler Jacob Moore, who is arrested for donating sperm.

December 10, 2011

After Elton speaks in Sydney, the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men's Health Centre elects first female president

Eight days after Sir Elton John gave an inspired speech in Sydney to mark another World AIDS Day across the globe, the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men's Health Centre voted in its first female president.

Policy researcher and former journalist Kirsty Machon stepped in to take over the role from outgoing president Michael Williams.

Matt Dixon CEO of the VAC/GMHC welcomed their new appointee, claiming her skills will assist the organisation.