People With AIDS Coalition records 1986-1993


People With AIDS Coalition records 1986-1993

The records document the pioneering efforts of a non-profit organization in New York City founded by people living with AIDS for the purpose of developing programs of caring and support for people with AIDS (PWAs) and for combating the atmosphere of fear, ignorance, and hostility associated with the disease. The founders maintained that people living with AIDS could lead productive and self-fulfilling lives when they practiced a philosophy of self-empowerment and self-reliance.

30.44 linear feet; 73 boxes, 2 folders

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The People With AIDS Coalition (PWA Coalition / PWAC), was founded in New York City in 1985 by a group of some nine persons all of whom had contracted AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). The founders were inspired by the "Denver Principles", a manifesto adopted by PWAs and PWARCs at the National Lesbian and Gay Health Conference held at Denver (Colo.) in 1983 which proclaimed the need for self-empowerment and self-reliance on the part of persons diagnosed with AI...