I went to see this play in the village yesterday afternoon and it was AMAZING. I went mainly because Raul Esparza from Taboo was starring and I enjoyed him so much, but the play itself was SO wonderful. We had front row seats in the tiny theater so it was almost like I was right in there with the actors...truly amazing.
It was about the beginning of HIV/AIDS in NYC and about the stigma, the lack of concern from Mayor Koch and President Reagan. How the world labeled it a 'gay' disease so it was o.k. to just let these people suffer and die all around us. It was about the sheer horror facing the city's gay population as they watched their friends die around them one by one...never knowing who was next. Everyone was crying at the end...including the actors, while we gave a standing ovation.
Oddly enough, I found out on Friday that I am moving from my rehab unit to our specialized HIV/AIDS unit. They need someone to organize and run it and represent our facility at various dinners and seminars and I was elected. I am very excited about this opportunity and I'm hoping that I will serve the unit well.
I also wanted to add something that I learned...when there were only 1,000 reported cases of AIDS in the world...500 of them were in NYC.
May 2, '04
Congratulations on your new job, sounds fascinating. :hatparty: