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Celebration at AIDS Library of Phila

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The AIDS Library of Philadelphia is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Nation's first AIDS Library.

A celebration noting the placement of an historic marker is planned Tuesday, October 3, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. at 1233 Locust St. in the heart of the Gayborhood.

Begun in 1987 by activists Heshie Zinman and John Cunningham, the AIDS Library of Philadelphia was the nation’s first library to provide HIV/AIDS information and to help combat society’s fears about the epidemic. In stark contrast to the government’s negligible response, LGBT communities nationwide provided information and rallied to develop social services, support research and demand action. This advocacy changed the course of the epidemic and societal attitudes toward gays and other people affected by HIV. Although the epidemic propelled the early LGBT civil rights movement, it came with the loss of nearly a generation of gay men.