ACT UP History and Queer Portraits

Sarah Schulman on her new book Let the Record Show.


Episode Notes

This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan are joined by Sarah Schulman, whose new book Let the Record Show sets out to correct inaccurate representations of ACT UP New York, its tactics, and its philosophy of direct action in response to the AIDS epidemic. Then they discuss three collections of photographs of LGBTQ people. Who are they for, and will they be seen by the people who need them most?

Items discussed on the show:

• “How to Be a Queer Person in the World Post-Quarantine,” by Naveen Kumar

• The section of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass that begins, “I have perceived that to be with those I like is enough.”

• Let The Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-93, by Sarah Schulman

• Sarah’s appearance on the June 10, 2020, episode of Outward, “ACT UP and Larry Kramer’s Legacy

• The ACT UP Oral History Project

• Self Evident Truths: 10,000 Portraits of Queer America, by IO Tillett Wright

• Queer Love in Color, by Jamal Jordan

• Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians, by JEB (Joan E. Biren)

Gay Agenda

Bryan: Taylor Mac’s “Whitman in the Woods

Christina: Call My Agent

Rumaan: Halston

This podcast was produced by Margaret Kelley.

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