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SECOND TUESDAY PRESENTS “BOY WITH THE BULLHORN: A MEMOIR AND HISTORY OF ACT UP NEW YORK” BY RON GOLDBERG

September 13, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Join us for this coming-of-age memoir by Ron Goldberg about life on the frontlines of the AIDS crisis with ACT UP New York.

From the moment Ron Goldberg stumbled into his first ACT UP meeting in June 1987, the AIDS activist organization became his life. For the next eight years he chaired committees, planned protests, led teach-ins, and facilitated their Monday night meetings. He cruised and celebrated at ACT UP parties, attended far too many AIDS memorials, and participated in over a hundred zaps and demonstrations, becoming the group’s unofficial “Chant Queen,” writing and leading chants for many of their major actions. “Boy with the Bullhorn” is both a memoir and an immersive history of the original New York chapter of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, from 1987 to 1995, told with great humor, heart, and insight.

“Boy with the Bullhorn” intertwines Goldberg’s experiences with the larger chronological history of ACT UP, the grassroots AIDS activist organization that confronted politicians, scientists, drug companies, religious leaders, the media, and an often-uncaring public to successfully change the course of the AIDS epidemic. For more information about the book, visit fordhampress.com/9781531500979/boy-with-the-bullhorn.

Tim Murphy will moderate the conversation and The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division will have copies of “Boy with the Bullhorn” available for purchase at this event.

To request an accommodation for this event, please contact Richard Morales at rmorales@gaycenter.org by September 6, 2022.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ron Goldberg is a nice gay Jewish theater queen turned activist and writer. As an early member of ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) Ron chaired committees, planned protests, led teach-ins, facilitated meetings, and participated in over a hundred zaps and demonstrations, earning him the title of ACT UP’s unofficial “Chant Queen.” Ron worked as a research associate for filmmaker and journalist David France on his award-winning book, “How to Survive a Plague,” and Ron’s articles have appeared in OutWeek and POZ magazines, as well as the journal Central Park, and The Visual AIDS Blog.

Ron is currently the web content editor at New York Institute of Technology and lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his husband, fellow ACT UP alum, Joe Chiplock.

ABOUT TIM MURPHY
Tim Murphy is a novelist and journalist who has written about HIV/AIDS for nearly 30 years. He is a contributing writer for the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health site TheBody.com and has also written for POZ, The New York Times, New York magazine, Out magazine, The Nation, and other places. He is the author of five novels, including Christodora and Correspondents and the forthcoming Speech Team, to be published by Viking Summer 2023.

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September 13
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