Friend Grief and AIDS – Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends
It's been likened to a plague, but AIDS was never just a health crisis.
The second in a series on grieving the death of a friend, Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends, revisits a time when people with AIDS were also targets of bigotry and discrimination. In stories about Ryan White, ACT UP, the Names Project, red ribbons and more, you'll learn why friends made all the difference: not just caregiving or memorializing, but changing the way society confronts the medical establishment and government to demand action.
About Victoria Noe (Chicago, Illinois Author)
After earning a master’s degree in Speech and Dramatic Art from the University of Iowa, I moved to Chicago, where I worked professionally as a stage manager, director and administrator in addition to being a founding board member of the League of Chicago Theatres. I discovered I was good at fundraising, and ventured out on my own, raising millions for arts, educational and AIDS service organizations, and later became an award-winning sales consultant of children’s books. But when a concussion ended my sales career, I decided to finally keep a promise to a dying friend to write a book.
That book became a series - Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives A Damn; Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends and Friend Grief and 9/11: The Forgotten Mourners; Friend Grief and the Military: Band of Friends (Honorable Mention, Chicago Writers Association 2014 Book of the Year); Friend Grief in the Workplace: More Than an Empty Cubicle; Friend Grief and Men: Defying Stereotypes.
I’m currently working on a more challenging book: Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community, coming in 2018
My articles have appeared on a variety of grief and writing blogs as well as Windy City Times, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. In my copious spare time, I feed my reading habit by reviewing a wide variety of books on BroadwayWorld.com. I’m a card-carrying member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Chicago Women in Publishing, Chicago Writers Association and ACT UP/NY (just kidding – we don’t have membership cards in ACT UP/NY).