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Ce compte Instagram rend un hommage très émouvant aux disparus du sida

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Les réseaux sociaux ne sont pas que torses imberbes et selfies narcissiques. Ce compte Instagram nous rappelle qu'ils peuvent parfois être envahis par des créateurs magiques ou ce genre de projets émouvants... et utiles.

Fidèle à la devise d’Act Up qui rappelle depuis des années que « Silence = Mort », le compte Instagram @the_aids_memorial donne à voir des portraits intimes, souriants, terriblement vivants de personnes disparues du Sida.
Greg Louganis, la star olympique de natation, Clark Tippet, un danseur étoile de l’American Ballet Theater, ou le chanteur-perfomer Klaus Nomi pour les plus connus… Mais ils se prénomment aussi Craig, Zora, Barry, etc. pour des anonymes qui ne le sont plus grâce à ce « mémorial virtuel ».
Car se souvenir des personnes parties trop tôt, c’est à la fois se rendre compte de la perte immense des talents et des personnalités qui nous manquent, se souvenir de notre histoire commune face au sida, et réaliser le chemin parcouru dans les traitements et la qualité de vie retrouvée pour de nombreuses personnes séropositives. Ne pas oublier…
Le profil a été lancé en mars 2016 par Stuart, 42 ans, qui vit en Écosse :
« L'histoire des homosexuels, de l'émergence du sida dans les années 1980 et de ceux qui en sont morts me semblent avoir été oubliés. Personne ne parle de ceux qui ne sont plus là. Les personnes plus âgées ne veulent pas trop en parler car c'était déjà assez difficile à traverser et la jeune génération ne veut pas en savoir plus. Alors j'ai pensé qu’il était temps de faire quelque chose. Et cette page Instagram m'a prouvé que j'avais tort, ce qui est merveilleux. C’était le moyen idéal pour documenter la vie de ceux qui sont morts. Je veux juste que davantage de gens écoutent les histoires et se souviennent » a-t-il expliqué au site GSN.

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. . #DennisPosa, aka #DennisParker but better known as #WadeNichols (October 28, 1946 – January 28, 1985) was an actor and singer who started his career in adult film. Posa died of AIDS in NYC aged 38. . Posa, born in Manhattan and raised in Freeport, attended the @philamuseum College of Art, studying Pottery and Design. He later attended @nyuniversity and the @hbstudionyc. . Posa's first appeared in gay adult film but went on to star mostly in straight adult films. He was credited as Wade Nichols in most of the adult films in which he appeared. . In 1979, using the name Dennis Parker, he recorded a disco album on Casablanca Records entitled ‘Like an Eagle.’ The album was produced by #JacquesMorali who later died in Paris of AIDS in 1991 . Posa (still as Dennis Parker) joined the cast of the soap opera #TheEdgeofNight in 1979, as Police Chief #DerekMallory. Seriously ill by October 1984, Posa was unable to continue working and his character was written out of the show. . There were rumours that Posa died because he shot himself with a gun. However, his brother Richard in a recent interview with The Rialto Report said: . “On his 38th birthday in October 1984, he told me he was determined that this would not be his last birthday. He said he would have other birthdays. He died 3 months later to the day on January 28th, 1985. He died in the same rent-controlled apartment in New York where he’d been living since the late 1960s. He did not kill himself as some have suggested. I have a photo taken of him on his deathbed. It was so sad.” . #whatisrememberedlives #theaidsmemorial #aidsmemorial #neverforget #endaids .

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"#TBT Sunday dinner with our dear friend Joel. My twin brother and I were freshmen in high school, IIRC. Joel lived with us after his family #disowned him when he #cameout as #gay. He was the first person I saw deteriorate and die due to complications of #HIV #AIDS. . Seeing his emotional suffering at the hand of his family, and the impact of witnessing his decline, are two factors that influenced me towards #activism around #humanrights. This was decades before we had acronyms like #lgbtq. I consider myself #queer, though my strong tendency is to partner with men. If you are curious about what life was like during the #AIDSCrisis, why I identify as I do.. if you need someone to talk to. I'm here. I SEE YOU. #kayteezee #lovealwayslove." - by @katherinezitterbart ..... @the_aids_memorial @humansofsquirrelhill @humanrightscampaign #whatisrememberedlives #theaidsmemorial #aidsmemorial #endaids #neverforget

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. . #BertMichaelHunter (April 15, 1958 - January 23, 2001), born in Hells Kitchen, NY, and raised in Spanish Harlem. He was an educator, cultural activist and journal editor who died of AIDS on in Central Harlem, NYC. . To activists, he was Bert, the strong-headed leader of African American advocates who founded three generation-shaping New York groups: Gay Men of African Descent, the Audre Lorde Project and Other Countries. . "He put his money and his body where his mouth was," said friend Colin Robinson. In literary circles, he was known as B. Michael Hunter who wrote about his experiences growing up gay in the ghetto. He also edited the award-winning Sojourner: Black Gay Voices in the Age of AIDS. . . #whatisrememberedlives #theaidsmemorial #aidsmemorial #neverforget #endaids

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. . "Peter Vincent Zullo. Survived after serving in the United States Navy at Guantanamo Bay during the Bay of Pigs crisis; lost a twenty year battle with AIDS which he succumbed to on Memorial Day, May 30th, 2000. . You were a veteran of the US Navy and although you didn't die in combat, I do think of you as someone who died in service to humanity. . I think about how you lived with AIDS for twenty years - how you cared for so many sick and dying friends in the 1980's & 1990's - how you volunteered in clinical trials for AZT and all of the crazy drug cocktails to try to find a cure for the virus - how you never thought you would see the year 2000 but you did at least for a few months. . I remember you those final days under hospice care in your little cottage, surrounded by those who you loved and who love you still - how you remained defiant till the end - determined to live every ounce of your wonderful life possible before giving in to the pancreatic cancer that took you so quickly. . I miss the fact that my children have missed knowing you in person. I feel sad that you died just before being able to witness the fruits of your many years of activism and advocacy for LGBT rights. I miss your laugh. I miss your shoulder to cry on. I miss your joy, your love of nature, your sense of adventure, the funny way you danced. I miss your sarcasm. I miss your spirit. I miss your love. Thus I keep you in my heart always. Rest in peace sweet brother." by Angela Derecas Taylor @a.taylored.event . #whatisrememberedlives #theaidsmemorial #aidsmemorial #neverforget #endaids #lgbthistory

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L'épidémie du sida a tué près de 40 millions de personnes dans le monde depuis plus de 30 ans. Nous ne les oublions pas.
Ce compte est un peu un « Patchwork des noms 2.0 ». Mais cette création n’est ni une œuvre d’art, ni un décor. Son but est d’attirer l’attention du public sur l’épidémie, d’initier une prise de conscience, de combattre l’exclusion et la discrimination et d’entretenir le souvenir de ceux qui nous ont quitté. Cet espace symbolique de réflexion et d’émotion permet également aux proches des disparus de vivre leur deuil autrement, en partageant leur douleur. Ils peuvent d’ailleurs confectionner eux-mêmes des patchworks dans cet espace consacré à l’écoute, l’information et l’échange. Une belle démarche collective contre l’oubli à laquelle se joint désormais ce compte Instagram…
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