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GMHC and the New York Public Library present "Library & Leaders: 35 Years of AIDS"

Featuring GMHC's co-founders, government officials and community leaders

October 21, 2016 - New York, New York - Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and the New York Public Library (NYPL) will host "Library & Leaders: 35 Years of AIDS," on Wednesday, October 26, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Library Main Branch located at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. The discussion will feature GMHC co-founders, Larry Kramer and Larry Mass, MD., as well as C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and Johanne Morne, Director of the New York State AIDS Institute. This panel discussion will be moderated by Kelsey Louie, CEO of GMHC.

The purpose of this public forum will be to engage leaders, activists and advocates in a discussion about the 35 year history of the AIDS epidemic, landmark moments in the fight to end AIDS, and what is needed to end the epidemic by 2020. The event will be highlighted by an exhibition of GMHC's archived materials, housed in the New York Public Library Gay and Lesbian Collections and HIV/AIDS Collections.

What an honor it will be to host this forum at the New York Public Library, one of the city's greatest institutions, and have a discussion among two of our founders and other leaders in the field about 35 years of AIDS," said GMHC CEO, Kelsey Louie. "I am inspired by the energy and dedication that activists in the 1980s and 90s spent fighting the epidemic, and caring for their loved ones. Currently and looking forward, what concerns me most is the sense of complacency around HIV and AIDS. There is still lots of work to be done."

New York Public Library
C. Virginia Fields, MSW of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
Larry Kramer, GMHC Co-Founder
Larry Mass, MD, GMHC Co-Founder
Johanne Morne of the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute 

WHAT:   Library & Leaders: 35 Years of AIDS
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Timing includes a reception, exhibition of archival materials and discussion.
The event is open to the public with registration required at events through the  NYPL .

The Trustees Room at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, NYC

Media RSVPs preferred, but not required. RSVP to . Space is limited. Photo, interview, and b-roll opportunities available from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, and filming during the discussion.


About Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the nation's leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, serving nearly 10,000 people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in New York City, the epicenter of the epidemic in the U.S. As the world's first HIV and AIDS service organization, GMHC is an expert in providing services that every person affected by the epidemic deserves. GMHC is on the front lines caring for people who are both HIV negative and positive, including: testing, nutrition, legal, mental health and education services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. Most recently, GMHC and other HIV and AIDS organizations successfully persuaded the federal government to recommend widespread use of PrEP, a new daily treatment that is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection. For more information, visit

About The New York Public Library (NYPL)

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations-including research and branch libraries-throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at  

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