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Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm

David France, author of the AIDS history "How To Survive a Plague"

The definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic —from the creator of the seminal documentary— How To Survive A Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS.

This highly praised book is the riveting, powerful story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized on scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live. Despite the shame and hatred they confronted, they did this by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts.

Expansive yet richly detailed, this is an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights. Powerful, heart-wrenching, and finally exhilarating, How To Survive A Plague is destined to become an essential part of the literature of AIDS.

“My favorite book of the year is easily David France’s How to Survive a Plague, a powerful history of the HIV/AIDS crisis… This book is heartbreaking, but it is also inspiring. We owe so much to those brave activists and to Mr. France for writing this vital book.” —Anderson Cooper, The Wall Street Journal

David France author photo   How to Survive a Plague book cover

David France is the author of Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal, a book about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal, which Showtime adapted into a film. He coauthored The Confession with former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey. He is a contributing editor for New York magazine and has written as well for The New York Times. His documentary film How to Survive a Plague was an Oscar nominee for best documentary.

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About The Second Tuesday Lecture Series (and the related Center Talks series)

The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the longest running program at The LGBT Center. (When speakers can't present on the actual "second Tuesday" of the month, they appear under the related "Center Talks" banner.) Since 1985, more than 250 speakers have made presentations in the arts, academia, and politics. Speakers representing every major cultural award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway's Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Book Award, as well as the UK Booker Literary Award, have made presentations.

Through this program, Larry Kramer spoke about the plight of the AIDS Crisis in March 1987, thus beginning ACT-UP, the largest direct action AIDS organization in the world.

About The LGBT Center

The Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1983. As the heart and home of NYC’s gay communities, more than 5,000 people a week visit The Center to participate in its dozens of social service, civic, and cultural programs. The Center has a long history as a cultural hub, with ongoing presentations that showcase the work of both emerging and established artists. In addition, the Center provides affordable meeting space for nearly 400 lesbian and gay groups, ensuring that a broad range of services is available in a central location.

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