How to Survive a Plague...

  • dfrourke

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    Sep 29, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    Although I was young, I forget sometimes exactly why the 1980's and early 1990's were not fun...this movie demonstrates a core history for the LGBTQ community...and where some of our hero's come from...hero's that remained a mystery until films like this inform us...and as a gay man of the 1990's I think now, 20 years later, how many possible mentors were taken too early to fully grasp the gift they gave to me...

    Our community needs to see this film...



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    Sep 29, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    I came out in 1991, and didn't become "anally celibate" until the mid 2000's.

    It's amazing I was lucky enough to live through that period without getting "the blessing" (nicname for HIV in OKC in the mid 90's).
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    It mystifies me how anyone could not know this stuff. Then I remember I'm old.
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    showme saidIt mystifies me how anyone could not know this stuff. Then I remember I'm old.
    Mountains are old. Remembering the Mars-sized object that struck the earth and created the moon is ancient. icon_razz.gif

    Don't worry though, you're pretty hot for a stromatolite. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    showme saidIt mystifies me how anyone could not know this stuff. Then I remember I'm old.
    Mountains are old. Remembering the Mars-sized object that struck the earth and created the moon is ancient. icon_razz.gif

    Don't worry though, you're pretty hot for a stromatolite. icon_biggrin.gif


    Lol. I had to look that up. Show off. icon_razz.gif


    Thank you.
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    showme said
    paulflexes said
    showme saidIt mystifies me how anyone could not know this stuff. Then I remember I'm old.
    Mountains are old. Remembering the Mars-sized object that struck the earth and created the moon is ancient. icon_razz.gif

    Don't worry though, you're pretty hot for a stromatolite. icon_biggrin.gif


    Lol. I had to look that up. Show off. icon_razz.gif


    Thank you.
    So, tell me kind sir, did cyanobacteria really taste as good as they say, or was it kinda bland without seasoning?
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    showme said
    paulflexes said
    showme saidIt mystifies me how anyone could not know this stuff. Then I remember I'm old.
    Mountains are old. Remembering the Mars-sized object that struck the earth and created the moon is ancient. icon_razz.gif

    Don't worry though, you're pretty hot for a stromatolite. icon_biggrin.gif


    Lol. I had to look that up. Show off. icon_razz.gif


    Thank you.
    So, tell me kind sir, did cyanobacteria really taste as good as they say, or was it kinda bland without seasoning?


    Meh. Pink slime is tastier.
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    jprichva saidIf showme is old, what the hell does that make me?


    Dark matter, beyond space and time.
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    The trailer looks great. Can't wait to see it.
  • metta

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    Sep 29, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    90 out of a 100 on Metacritic

    http://www.metacritic.com/movie/how-to-survive-a-plague


    100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

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    Sep 29, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    I think it's ESPECIALLY important that younger people in our community see this(!!). Please encourage and take them with you if you can. I am very excited to see this. I went to MANY ACT-UP demo's and meets in NYC.

    I came out in 1984... and remember all of this far too vividly. I only hope this gets out enough to save more lives and inform people that this is a constant legal and institutional struggle. The therapies we have came at a VERY high price and by force of will and vigilance.
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    Sep 29, 2012 6:22 AM GMT

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    Sep 29, 2012 6:22 AM GMT
    I'm definitely going to see this. I count myself among the few of my generation who appreciates the gravity of many of the things that we, as a people, went through over the years but even I know I've never heard the whole story for most of them and I eagerly read, watch and listen to any of these documentaries if I can.
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    Sep 29, 2012 7:04 AM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 saidI'm definitely going to see this. I count myself among the few of my generation who appreciates the gravity of many of the things that we, as a people, went through over the years but even I know I've never heard the whole story for most of them and I eagerly read, watch and listen to any of these documentaries if I can.


    This is SO encouraging to hear this... please keep your friends informed. History means nothing if it's not learned from.
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    Sep 29, 2012 7:40 AM GMT
    I'd love for the youth to watch this.
    I had a gay uncle die of aids just a few years before I was born. I wasn't aware of the epidemic at the time, but to think I had an uncle that I could of related to and looked up to is a shame. I will definitely share and see this.
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    Sep 29, 2012 11:43 AM GMT
    Unfortunately, those who should watch and learn from this film won't care. If it isn't in reference to pop culture (iPhone or Gaga come to mind), they can't be bothered. Besides, most of the younger generation actually believes HIV is more akin to a manageable cold virus than a deadly disease. And this is exactly what big pharma has worked to achieve...they have succeeded.
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    Sep 29, 2012 11:50 AM GMT
    I saw this documentary last weekend -- very good, very disturbing, a piece of history that needs to be remembered. Highly recommended.
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    Sep 29, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    manboynyc said
    RoadsterRacer87 saidI'm definitely going to see this. I count myself among the few of my generation who appreciates the gravity of many of the things that we, as a people, went through over the years but even I know I've never heard the whole story for most of them and I eagerly read, watch and listen to any of these documentaries if I can.


    This is SO encouraging to hear this... please keep your friends informed. History means nothing if it's not learned from.


    i can't tell you how many times I've mentioned the Stonewall Riots in conversation and just gotten dumb, blank looks back at me. Makes me want to scream.
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    Sep 29, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    When I came out way late in 1995 I would moan & whine about the gay years I had lost, through my own ignorance and lack of self-knowledge.

    But guys who had lived through the plague would tell me I was actually very lucky, because it was my generation that had been savaged by AIDS. Had I been out earlier, when I should have been, I might be dead now they told me, or at least be HIV poz. Especially because at first no one understood the mechanism for HIV transmission, the concept of safe sex not yet developed, so that guys became infected without knowing what they were doing wrong.

    And as the trailer here shows, US Republican administrations at the time refused to act, or proposed things like quarantine concentration camps (actually some still say that today). Even Saint Ronald finally admitted his response had been inadequate when he was President.

    And so the plague grew, and many thousands died who might have been saved, due to bigoted right-wing homophobia. I think we should never forget who contributed to this plague politically. And who will be most likely to dedicate money & resources to finding a cure, and caring for HIV/AIDS victims until that cure is found.