"So the first forty minutes of our interviews are about who the subject was before AIDS. This allows…"

“So the first forty minutes of our interviews are about who the subject was before AIDS. This allows you to see that ACT UP members actually had very little in common, no real continuity of values or politics. For years I had tried to understand the common thread: it’s characterological, people who cannot stand still and allow another person to be violated in their presence. The reason that ACT UP worked is that each person was doing what they could do based on who they were and where they were at. Ultimately, all these individual trajectories occurring at the same time is what created the movement that became the counterculture around ACT UP. This changed the way queer people see themselves around the world. ACT UP was a vanguard for cultural transformation. It shows you that it doesn’t make any sense strategically to make people act and think in unison.”

- Sarah Schulman on the ACT UP Oral History Project from “An Archive of Intimacies,” GLQ vol.17, no.4, 2011.  (via militantmaudlinist)

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