From Michael Fairman: Back in October of 2006, it was my honor to produce for the Outfest Honors, their inaugural Legacy Tribute commemorating the first 25 years of AIDS through film, television and documentary productions and performances, that brought to light issues of the day about this disease to not only the LGBT community, but to the world.
It was also one of my greatest honors to have Judith Light who starred in The Ryan White Story introduce the clip package for the first time before the attendees in the theatre. With her moving introduction, and these emotional moments and depictions, we shed tears, and these films in part are still as relevant as ever.
From Philadelphia to Longtime Companion, to An Early Frost to Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End, to It’s My Party and Angels In America, to Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, I had assembled a tribute with over 20 different looks at the fight of HIV/AIDS from different perspectives.
Today on World AIDS Day, remember our loved ones, dear friends, and acquaintances, who passed away from complications from HIV/AIDS. Light a candle and remember their spirit and the joy they brought to our lives. The fight is far from over. Now, as we enter into 2011, we are on the verge of the year that will mark 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were identified, and yet there is still no cure, but progress is being made.
Watch the 2006 Outfest Honors Legacy Tribute, 25 Years of AIDS Retrospective video below.