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AIDS Memorial Quilt to Be Proudly Displayed at The City College of New York in Honor of World AIDS Day

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Six hundred panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, will be on display at The City College of New York (


This exhibit of sections of the 54-ton, handmade tapestry stands as a striking memorial to the lives of countless individuals lost to AIDS. The City College display is the largest of its kind in America, according to Brian Holman, National Display Coordinator for the NAMES Project Foundation. The Quilt is being presented as part of The City College World AIDS Day Educational Series in collaboration with theCity University’s LGBT Task Force ( and will be open to the community for free public display and educational programming.

Viewing locations: The Center for Worker Education (CWE) – 7th Floor, 25 Broadway, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday, December 2nd; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 3rd; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., December 4th.  The Quilt will also be on display at the Great Hall of Shepard Hall in City College’s main campus at 160 Convent Avenue December 5th and 6th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

In New York City alone over 125,000 people are HIV + and thousands more are infected and are unaware of it.  According to the New York City Department of Health HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of deaths of New Yorkers aged 35-55.

James P. Robinson, Chairperson of The City University’s LGBT Task Force, explains, “At the height of the pandemic many doctors, funeral homes, and cemeteries refused to even handle victims of those murdered by AIDS.  This loving display is the only respectful memorial some have ever received.  We thank President Lisa S. Coico for her visionary efforts in hosting this event and invite you to see what wonderful healing art we have created together at The City University of New York (, the largest public urban university in the United States.

For information on the upcoming display and the free diverse educational events open to the public, please address questions or call 212 650 5426 or email studentaffairs(at)ccny(dot)cuny(dot)edu. For more information on the Center for Worker Education, contact aboutcwe(at)ccny(dot)cuny(dot)edu.

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The City College of New York
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City University LGBT Task Force
James P. Robinson

Center for Worker Education
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Anonymous asked:

I am a CUNY graduate student who has been made aware of a Transgender student who filed a recent complaint regarding the wellness center's refusal to treat the student in addition to appalling behavior by the Nurse practitioner. What can be done?

Hi thanks for reaching out. Have the student call our hotline at 212-966-5687 or send an email to and we will reach out to the College for a plan of action So this does not happen again. We will also refer the student to resources that can be used immediately. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Retaliation at LaGuardia

On Oct 3, 2012, the NY Blood Center badgered the leadership of SAGA (Straight and Gay Alliance) to promote a campus blood drive during a club meeting. Prof. David Bimbi, the club mentor, stopped the presentation and asked the NY Blood Center representative to leave because he felt it was inappropriate to promote this event to LGBT students. The NY Blood Center representative filed a complaint against Dr. Bimbi and several people in the LaGuardia Administration have presumptively found Prof. Bimbi guilty of unspecified infractions. The Director of Human Resources attempted to coerce Prof. Bimbi to write a letter of apology or “face an investigation.” Prof. Bimbi refused and is awaiting updates on the process of the investigation.


Anonymous asked:

Hey, I just want to say thank you to standing up to CCNY's World Aids Day event, hopefully more students will stand up to the bullshit!

Thanks for the support: We love our brothers and sisters at CCNY!

World Aids Day -Blame the Victim

First off Id like to say that this post has not been approved by the entire Task Force and thus this is an opinion piece and not the stated public policy of the CUNY LGBT Task Force.

AIDS! HIV! how many people have died as a result of this bitter microscopic virus? I have had the good fortune to be in a minor position of leadership in our community and thus, I am very grateful and mindful of my public statements. But friends and family and supporters, I would like to give you an opinion; one that is probably different from yours. I ask that you fairly evaluate it and consider it.

Would you bring condoms to a funeral?   It would probably be in very poor taste, you would probably be removed from the funeral. In my cultural context a stabbing might occur as a grandson of a proud Sicilian immigrant. 

Student LGBTQ organizations provide safe sex education most of the year. Ask anyone where to get condoms and lube and they will direct you to the “Gay Group” I am a bit resentful that we even have to teach straight people to fuck safely. How many times are we responsible for the condom demonstration? how many times must we discuss spermicide?

How did we earn the yolk of providing safe sex education to the world? ask any gay activist and you will learn most of us are HIV certified counselors, peer counselors, anti-violence counselors, and alike.

It feels like this paradigm is set up to tell us all, this is the gay plague and you’re responsible to fix it. My band of brothers and sisters are not responsible for this mess as we have been the victims of this indiscriminate assault on our bodies and very soul. 

Can we have one day to properly mourn the dead? can we have one day to think about the lives of those we lost? can we have peace in our minds and souls? 

No we can’t because of the commercialization of World Aids Day, we must engage in activities that are offensive to our community. Bob died because he did not use a condom. Its his fault, we engage in blaming the victim. 

Please let us have one day. I promise we will return to being good little faggots and dykes and preach on the alter on Nancy Reagan the miracles of safe sex. 

Can we have one day?


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Anonymous asked:

Hi, I'd like to be added to the email list

Good Afternoon,

All requests to be included in the LGBT Task Force listserv, should be directed to the Central Office of Student Affairs who administers the list:

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Anonymous asked:

How to make a member of CUNY LGBT task force?

Membership is open to all CUNY students

just send me your email address, and I will add you to our listserv, and you will receive notifications of all meetings and events. Please indicate what school your from

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