Category Archives: Activism

“Wait to Die” Obama Protest at DNC Fundraiser

Thursday, May 13, 2010
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Outside the St. Regis Hotel @ 55th & 5th Avenue

Housing Works is teaming with dozens of other AIDS groups to demand that the Obama administration fulfill its commitment to people around the world who need immediate access to HIV medications. Obama has flatlined funding and millions will die because of it.

Participants include ACT UP Philadelphia, ACT UP/NY, Africa Action, African Services Committee, American Medical Students Association, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project, Health GAP, Housing Works, NYC AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN), Philadelphia Global AIDS Watchdogs, Proyecto Sol Filadelphia, VOCAL-NY Users’ Union and others.

Learn more at: http://www.takeanumber.org/ – Facebook Action

LILYWHITE LIES – AN AIDS ANTHEM by Frank H. Jump – 1987

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Six Years Ago Today – We Fled to Canada for Freedom

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Frank Jump, left, kisses his partner Vincenzo Aiosa as they hold their marriage license at city hall in Toronto, Friday Feb. 13, 2004. Jump and Aiosa were one of seven couples from the United States who came to Toronto to get marriage licenses. (AP Photo/CP, Adrian Wyld)

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Thirty years ago, homos had a heart on for promiscuity and the right wing vilified us. Today homos have a heart on for monogamy and marriage and the right wing vilifies us. Let’s face it. They don’t like us. We’re here, we’re queer – get on with it!

Rotten to the core © Vincenzo Aiosa

I think it is really Rotten that we are still not allowed to get married in New York State- thanks to a bunch of Republican Assholes in Albany. Also adding to the list of assholes are the Democrats who voted against the bill included Sens. Joseph Addabbo, Shirley Huntley, George Onorato and Hiram Monserrate of Queens, Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx, Darrel Aubertine of the North Country, and William Stachowski of the Buffalo area. – Vincenzo Aiosa – Rantourage

Frank Jump and Vincenzo Aiosa got married on Valentine’s Day, February 14th 2004 in Toronto, Canada.

Thank you Equal Marriage Canada, The Great City and People of Toronto, The Honorable Justice Harvey Brownstone and his partner Marty, and Brendan Fay and Jesús Lebrón!

ABC Poll

Fading Ad Campaign © Frank H. Jump

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Go Vegan, Save The Cows – Seattle Activist – Capitol Hill District

July 24, 2009 © Frank H. Jump

© Vincenzo Aiosa

We arrived in Seattle this summer during an unusual heat wave. It reached close to 100ºF that day and was close to 116ºF later that week in Portland, OR. Who could eat meat?

Other Vegan entries:

Greenpeace Activists Arrested at Mt. Rushmore

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Stop The False Arrests – Demo Today @ Sheridan Square

Stop The False Arrrests dot blogspot dot com

Stop The False Arrrests dot blogspot dot com

STOP the FALSE ARRESTS
SHERIDAN SQUARE RALLY II
Saturday June 13, 2009 1pm
7th Ave. & Christopher St.
Stonewall 40 – False Arrests continue 40 years later.
Join us in calling on DA Morgenthau to continue and complete the thorough investigation into these false arrests that he promised the LGBTQ community and leading politicians in a meeting in his office on March 6, 2009.

CHRISTINE QUINN: BEHIND THE SMILE

Tribute to Rodger McFarlane – Homo Sex in Colonial America – Larry Kramer

Homo Sex in Colonial America

Homo Sex in Colonial America

This is the last piece I had input on from my just departed dearly beloved Rodger McFarlane, who read and critiqued everything I have ever written. He loved it, as he loved me. And I pass it on to you, to the world, in memory of him, who encouraged me so and believed in me so, as I did him.

May he be at peace.

Larry

Rodger McFarlane - Former Gill Foundation executive director and longtime philanthropist Rodger McFarlane died May 15 in New Mexico. He was 54.

Rodger McFarlane - Former Gill Foundation executive director and longtime philanthropist Rodger McFarlane died May 15 in New Mexico. He was 54. - Advocate

Larry Kramer has been writing his The American People since 1978. His first draft, just completed, is some 4000 pages. He and his editor are now rolling up their sleeves. – Huffington Post

Broadway Lights Dimmed In Tribute Of Mobile Native – WKGR Mobile-Pensacola

Weathering the Storm (Response to NOM Gathering Storm)

LGBT Rights Are Civil Rights – Join the Power!

THE POWER IS YOURS because you are THE POWER. JOIN THE POWER in holding political leaders accountable to support equality for LGBT people, not on some arbitrary and convenient schedule, but right now.

THE POWER works to unleash every individual’s power to engage in direct political action that creates change in the cause of LGBT civil rights. We operate under the premise that every individual can make a difference, given the tools and information to do so. By tailoring pointed actions that everyone can do even with the busiest of schedules, The Power mobilizes large numbers of people to apply sustained pressure on leaders to advance the cause of LGBT equality.

More than anything we believe Now Is Our Time.  – Jeffrey Campagna

THE POWER ONLINE dot org

More from the ACT UP Archive

Greg Bordowitz interviews Frank Jump in ACT-UP Gay Pride Concentration Camp Float - a response to William F. Buckley Jrs HIV Tattoo Proposal

Greg Bordowitz interviews Frank Jump in ACT-UP Gay Pride Concentration Camp Float - a response to William F. Buckley Jr's HIV Tattoo Proposal

Lea Delaria & Frank Jump emcees an Albany LGBT event in 1988 - Tom Stoddard in background.

Lea Delaria & Frank Jump (co- emcees) at an Albany LGBT event in 1988 - Tom Stoddard in background to the left.

Eric Sawyer & Frank Jump with Mark Fotopoulos (Andy Humm in background)

Eric Sawyer & Frank Jump with Mark Fotopoulos (Andy Humm in background)

Eric Sawyer, Willy Jump & Frank Jump @ NYC Gay Pride March 1988

Eric Sawyer, Willy Jump & Frank Jump @ NYC Gay Pride March 1988

Frank Jump & Eric Sawyer

Frank Jump & Eric Sawyer

Phil Reed at ACT-UP Stop the Church Demonstration @ St Patricks Cathedral

Phil Reed at ACT-UP Stop the Church Demonstration @ St Patrick's Cathedral

Eleanor Cooper Dies at 68 – Gay City News – Andy Humm

Eleanor Cooper
Eleanor Cooper – In 2005, Eleanor Cooper was honored in a Pride celebration hosted by City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr.
MARLA S. MARITZER

Eleanor Cooper, who began her lesbian activism in the early 1970s, was a leader in the passage of the New York City gay and lesbian rights bill in 1986, and managed to stay active through most of her last 13 years in a nursing home, died of complications from a series of strokes and sepsis on December 6. She was 68. – Andy Humm

When I went to Philadelphia in 1978 as representative of Queens College LGBT youth to help plan the first Lesbian and Gay March 1979, I was wandering around the Friends Meeting House  during orientation where our national committees was hosted and, not by accident wandered in with the womens’ caucus. The men’s groups seemed fractured to me and I was tired of getting hit up on by NAMBLA members and getting ignored by other members of the youth organizations – so the womens’ caucus seemed like a safe haven. After a few minutes of “checking in” we sat around holding hands and sharing how we felt “in the here and now.” I had very long hair, I was very slim and wore flowery Huckapoo shirts and platform shoes. I looked a bit like the Cher doll with Sonny’s clothes. Suddenly a woman who was smiling at me followed her eyes down my torso to my crotch and screamed with a blood-curdling scream “There’s a man in here.” Naturally I turned around to see who it was. Within seconds I was thrown out of the room bodily.  Eleanor Cooper sternly came to my rescue. “What in the world were you thinking?” she said. “Don’t you know about respecting “womens’ space?”  Womens’ what? I asked.

Eleanor surpressed a chuckle and informed me in a very motherly way that women are around men all the time and when they have the opportunity to be with themselves, would prefer if men respected “their space” and left them alone. I assured her that I was only there because I felt comfortable with them and explained my  discomfort around men I did not know. She brought me back in and explain my situation and I apologized to the group. Over the course of the weekend, I was introduced by Eleanor to many wonderful women like Joyce Hunter & Betty Santoro. I will miss Eleanor.

Frank Jump Interviewed @ StoryCorps by Sustainable Flatbush’s Anne Pope

StoryCorps Booth - Foley Square

StoryCorps Booth - Foley Square

StoryCorps Booth - Foley Square

StoryCorps Booth - Foley Square

StoryCorps Booth - Foley Square
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Anne Pope: Frank Jump and I have been friends – and sometimes collaborators – since 1988. When I first thought about doing a StoryCorps session, he was the first person I wanted to interview.

Everybody’s story matters. Every life counts. Help us reach out to record our history, hopes, and common humanity—and illuminate the true character of this nation. StoryCorps.net

Lilywhite Lies © Frank H. Jump 1987(lyrics) aired on WBAI and became theme song for an AIDS Awareness program hosted by James Toms.

Remembrance of Our Dead – The War With AIDS Isn’t Over

“The History Of AIDS In America
Has Been One Of Denial & Suppression…”

Silence = Death/David Wojnarowicz
Remembrance of Our Dead

Wallace Shawn reads from Vito Russo’s Celluloid Closet

AIDSGATE Commemorative Stamp

Memorial Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. I don’t know many veterans since many of my friends are gay or lesbian and cannot openly serve in the military. The only legitimate and significant war I have personally experienced been the War Against AIDS. From this day forward, Memorial Day will be a day I will remember those I’ve lost in this war and I invite everyone else to join me.

Sitting and trying to think of the countless people I have encountered in my life who have died from this still stigmatizing disease is a daunting task. Above are some of the names of friends and acquaintances who have touched our lives (Vincenzo and myself) in some way. [I’ve gotten up out of bed and updated the list twice already. I don’t think this is a realistic task for one day.]

This April I have been HIV+ for 24 years – half of my life. Through the years I have begun to have days when I think of the disease only perhaps once or twice a day, but not a single day goes by that I’m not reminded of my mortality at least once – probably due to my adherence to my meds. Then I remember those I’ve lost. I encourage people to share names of their loved ones who have died of AIDS- reminding America of the indignities and indifference they had experienced.

Image citings:

Silence = Death & AIDSGATE – Gran Fury
David Wojnarowicz
Vito Russo

Other similar postings:

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The Ban on HIV/AIDS Immigration

VOTE Campaign Covered @ Flatbush Pigeon

VOTE Campaign Covered @ Flatbush Pigeon

VOTE Campaign Covered @ Flatbush Pigeon
© Frank H. Jump

VOTE!

My niece Rosario Dawson has campaigned for the VOTO LATINO group she co-founded as well as for P-FLAG.

William Francis Buckley, Jr. Finally Joins Dead Homophobes Club – November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008

Wikipedia

Back in the beginning of the AIDS crisis, Buckley suggested all HIV+ Americans get visibly tattooed to warn and protect the public. Very soon after this Machiavellian suggestion, Buckley had a biopsy sent to a laboratory where an AIDS activist from ACT-UP was a technician. When becoming aware it was Buckley’s biopsy, the diagnosis of “Kaposi Sarcoma” was sent out. To Buckley’s horror, that he may have contracted an AIDS related cancer, he was re-biopsied and coincidentally, the same lab tech received the specimen and the same diagnosis was sent. Biopsy Terrorism. Ah. Sweet Revenge. Good riddance to bad karma.

READ No More Mr. Nice Blog’s posting!
ABC Whitewashes Buckley – Neo-Nazis Don’t

Buckley Calls Gore Vidal A “Queer” on Live TV 1968But during one of the TV debates at the 1968 Democrat Convention between the highly erudite William F. Buckley, Jr. and the celebrated novelist Gore Vidal, Buckley called Gore a “goddamn queer” and threatened to beat him up. – Sweetness & Light

“Now listen, you queer- stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I’ll sock you in your goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.”—To Gore Vidal, 1968  Ooooh! I’m sure Gore was just shakin’ in his go-go boots!

DC Republican calls us a “leftist blog.”

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Atlantic Yards Camera Club – Sunday, February 10, 2008

Camera Club
Atlantic Yards Camera Club gathering in Bear Garden before action.

Coming Storm
The approaching storm.

Camera Club

Katheryn McInnis
Katherine McInnis, photographer/teacher who was harrassed by MTA police for using her camera near the Atlantic Yards footprint, joined the fray on Sunday in support of our First Amendment rights. Read more about it in detail at Brit in Brooklyn Blog. Amazing how we live in a country where owning a gun is considered an inalienable right, but documenting our time with a camera is considered subversive. Adrian caught me in his pic here. Here are some more pics from the “action” plus some of my distractions.

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

Camera Club

You Can't Go Both Ways

Winners Circle

Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain

Eminent Obama?

No Arena

No Arena

Su Casa

Su Casa

Fireproof Warehouse

Si Ereht Epoh Tey?
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