Friday, July 11, 2008

AIDS activists condomize Jesse Helms' house

On 05 Sep 1990, seven HIV/AIDS activists enveloped Sen. Jesse Helms' (R-NC) house in a giant condom to protest his vicious gay-baiting and his abuse of his position to block funding for prevention and treatment. The action strike was covered by numerous media outlets and called national attention to Helms' genocidal conduct.

Read a reminiscence by Peter Staley, who devised this effective bit of guerrilla theater, and watch the video of the plan's execution.

Besides Staley, other participants included Mark Allen, Jason Childers, Garance Franke-Ruta, Derek Link, James Serafini, and Sean Strub, along with videographer Robert Hilferty. David Geffen provided funding.

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