Chances are, if you're gay and over 30, you've likely heard of the original AIDS quilt, a gigantic traveling memorial quilt first created in San Francisco early on in the AIDS pandemic, in which each square of the quilt memorialized another person who had died of AIDS. The quilt has traveled all over the world and, despite some controversies of its own, has for many come to symbolize the enormous impact this disease had on our own and other communities.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the first published reports of AIDS, Here! TV, the gay cable network, is collecting stories and memories to create an online AIDS quilt of its own. The network wants people from all walks of life to dedicate a page to someone they've lost to AIDS, and plans to debut the virtual quilt on December 1, World AIDS Day.
Well "here" at RealJock (pun intended), we though this was a pretty great ideayou know, one of those rare ideas in which a commercial company actually uses the web in a positive wayand one our members would want to know about. So without further editorializing on our part, please take the time to submit your own memories to the Here! Remembers Worlds AIDS Day 2006 online quilt. We think it's worth it.