Category Archives: HIV/AIDS Education

Not Fade Away – Frank H. Jump – Produced & Directed by Jim Sayegh

a film produced and directed by Jim Sayegh

Signs and vines weather and grow.
Brick, pigment, plant and lime-
Tenuously intertwined through time.
As paint degrades and image fades,
Soft tones evolve
From salmon pinks and jades-
Into sand and grime.

Frank H. Jump, Fading Ad Campaign

Highly skilled television director with wide-ranging experience • Multi-camera studio drama • Live, multi-camera news, talk, and lifestyle • Single camera location drama • Single camera news and sports features • Extensive special effects and post-production • Production and technical systems consultant • Control Room and post-production AD

Specialties

  • multi-camera studio directing, control room and post-production AD  – LinkedIn

Mr. Sayegh has a BA in Journalism from New York University and is currently an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College where he is completing his Masters in Fine Arts.

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World AIDS Day MITZVAH = A not-so-random act of kindness

© Frank H. Jump

December 1st is World AIDS Day. As always, I post on this day thoughtfully. I’ve lived more than half my life with HIV. I will be fifty in March. A small miracle.

In Hebrew, the term mitzvah “has also come to express an act of human kindness. According to the teachings of Judaism, all moral laws are, or are derived from, divine commandments. – Wikipedia

If you haven’t planned one today, perform a mitzvah for someone you know who has been affected by HIV/AIDS.

To further quote Wikipedia:

The opinions of the Talmudic rabbis are divided between those who seek the purpose of the mitzvot and those who do not question them. The latter argue that if the reason for each mitzvah could be determined, people might try to achieve what they see as the purpose of the mitzvah, without actually performing the mitzvah itself.

Don’t overthink the mitzvah! Just do it!

Waiting for the big miracle. In the meantime, a mitzvah would be divine!

In memory of Wayne Fischer- a NYC school teacher & friend dedicated to AIDS awareness.

Tens of Thousands of Teachers & Other Union Workers Rally @ City Hall to Protest Budget Cuts

by Amy Zimmer - Metro NY

by Amy Zimmer - Metro NY

© Frank H. Jump

Union Rally - March 5th 2009 @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Union Rally - March 5th 2009 @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Union Rally - March 5th 2009 @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Union Rally - March 5th 2009 @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Union Rally - March 5th 2009 @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Union Rally - March 5th 2009 @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Union Rally - March 5th 2009 @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Union Rally - March 5th 2009 @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Bill Thompson @ City Hall NYC Union Rally - Our Future Mayor © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Tens of Thousands of Union Worker Rally @ City Hall NYC © Frank H. Jump

Metro NY article by Amy Zimmer

Metro NY article by Amy Zimmer

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

Positive Outlook from Canada on US HIV/AIDS Immigration Ban Lift

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

The United States Ending the Travel Ban for HIV Positive Individuals

excerpt: In the context of legislation to renew and increase funding for PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the United States Senate voted on July 16 to abolish the travel ban for HIV positive individuals entering the United States as visitors. The House of Representatives passed the same legislation approximately a week later and it has now been signed into law by President Bush.

Before we rush to the border to take advantage of this newly adopted legislation, it would be wise to take into consideration that the legislation mandates certain other government agencies to make changes to their policies to put this change into effect, but those changes have not yet taken place and may take several months to be realized.

– Ken Monteith, Executive Director

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

Repent, For Allah Is Merciful – Egypt Accused of Torturing HIV+ Men

Flag of Egypt

Recent arrests and trials in Egypt of HIV-positive men endanger human rights, an international watchdog said Wednesday and called on authorities to release those in custody and stop criminalizing AIDS. – The Advocate

LGBT Rights in Egypt & An Islamic Perspective on Repentance

When will the United States start cutting ties with countries who commit human rights offenses? We’d have to cut ties with ourselves.

Frank H. Jump

AP Reports: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy May Be Shifting

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Sgt. Darren Manzella, an openly gay active duty soldier back from Iraq, speaks with reporters about serving under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Tuesday, Jan. J. Scott Applewhite

Soldier: Policy on Gays May Be Shifting
By SUZANNE GAMBOA (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
January 08, 2008 7:56 PM EST
© Frank H. Jump

Let’s not forget, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a Clinton screw-up – as was the ban on HIV/AIDS immigration. Should we give Hillary a shot at either ignoring us or making things worse? Can Obama get his head out of the sand on these issues?

HIV on the Rise Among Young Gay Men in NYC

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by Sarah Kershaw

The number of new H.I.V. infections in men under 30 who have sex with men has increased sharply in New York City in the last five years, particularly among blacks and Hispanics, even as AIDS deaths and overall H.I.V. infection rates in the city have steadily declined.

Braking the Cycle – Bed-Stuy Blog – March Against Domestic Violence – On Verbal Abuse

Braking The Cycle - Bed-Stuy Blog
Past August Brooklyn AIDS Awareness event further illustrates urgency of this issue in our community.

One of the most sobering illustrations of the disparities in health can be seen when you compare the rates of HIV/AIDS in Central Brooklyn to the rates across the city. In Central Brooklyn (which includes Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Brownsville) the proportion of people living with HIV/AIDS is twice the rate of Brooklyn overall and 60% higher than the overall New York City rate. To read more about these health disparities click here.

Check out the latest on Domestic Violence on Bed-Stuy Blog

The Devastating Effects of Verbal Abuse

Verbal Abuse

Imagine Flatbush 2030 – With Current AIDS & Demographic Trends Continuing

Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death, Keith Haring

Are people that tired of listening to and reporting about AIDS? I know it’s a drag to keep bringing it up but…

I’m wondering if I hadn’t gone to last night’s meeting of Imagine Flatbush 2030 – if anyone else would have brought up the issue of AIDS. I did get to meet Gretchen Maneval (Director of Brooklyn College’s Center for the Study of Brooklyn), who seemed equally concerned, after insisting on addressing my concerns with the larger group. If the current demographic trends (increasing Caribbean, African, South-east Asian, Asian, Arabic-Speaking & Eastern European immigrants from lower income brackets) continue, with the existing lack of proper and adequate AIDS related services and education in Greater Flatbush and the NYC Metro Area (as an educator, I’ve personally witnessed too many parents from these cultures choosing to have their children “Opt Out” of an already lackluster NYC AIDS Education & Prevention Curriculum), we could see the rate of HIV infection surpassing those of Sub-Saharan Africa in less than a decade. The rate of HIV infection among the Orthodox Jewish community is also the City’s best kept secret. LGBTQ adolescents are totally ignored in this “new” NYC HIV/AIDS High School curriculum. Not even a mention.

Should I mention that the level of homophobia in this community is palpable?

Yes, I would love a cultural center in Flatbush so artists, like myself, would not have to export their talents. Of course, affordable and safe housing has always been one of the quality of life issues I’ve found relevant to sustainability. Sure, I would rather go to a family-owned restaurant (define family) than a Chili’s for dinner. Yes I would gladly participate and help organize local cultural events like a Junction Unction, but if half of the neighborhood is dying due to ignorance and City agency ineffacacies, hindsight in 2020 will be too late. Haven’t we learned from our NYC HIV/AIDS & long-term surviving activist communities (ACT-UP, Brooklyn AIDS Task Force, etc.) that education is the key to prevention? Abstinence is a pipedream (we know how well that has prevented under-aged pregnancies in our area). Informed decisions about safer-sex behaviours is the key to a healthier tomorrow. Oh yeah… and cycling to work and home-grown terrace tomatoes and basil.

Safe Sex, Keith Haring
© Estate of Keith Haring

This image was altered for the faint of heart.

AIDS Complacency = DEATH

The Blog to End All AIDS Stigmas


The Blog to End All BLOGS AIDS Stigmas

In response to Huckabee’s refusal to recant statements stigmatizing those living with HIV/AIDS, the National Association of People with AIDS issued a statement today, December 10, urging all presidential candidates to oppose AIDS stigma and discrimination. – POZ  Magazine

HIV In DC: The Changing Face of AIDS

HIV In DC Reaches New Highs

AIDS Protesters Arrested Donning Giant Red Ribbon on White House

AIDS Protesters Arrested Donning Giant Red Ribbon on White House

“George W. Bush is nothing but a foolish cowboy.”

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AIDS Cases on the Rise in China – Can Top 700,000

AIDS Cases on the Rise in China - Can Top 700,000