POZ MAGAZINE FOUNDER AND ‘BODY COUNTS’ AUTHOR SEAN STRUB IN CONVERSATION WITH JOURNALIST AND ACTIVIST ANN NORTHROP.
On Wednesday, September 30, at Manhattan’s handsomely renovated LGBT Center, Out Professionals presents author Sean Strub (“Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival”) in conversation with veteran journalist and activist Ann Northrop.
As the vivid portrait of a tumultuous era, “Body Counts” crackles with history. “From the Senate elevator to Studio 54 to Andy Warhol and Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal and John Lennon … to the famous demonstration inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral … this is the compelling life-and-near-death story of Sean Strub, of thousands lost to HIV/AIDS and thousands more living with it whom his activism helped save“ — Andrew Tobias (“The Best Little Boy in the World”).
In “Body Counts,” Sean takes readers inside ACT UP, the activist organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time. He identifies the heroes and villains of the early years of AIDS, recounting the bravery and the cowardice of politicians, doctors and everyday people.
Lily Tomlin terms Sean’s memoir “Powerful.” Choreographer and director Bill T. Jones calls it “Fresh and compelling.” Gloria Steinem writes, “By taking us with him on his journey from a conservative family in Iowa to the heart of a global movement for human rights, Sean Strub gives us ideas, strength and heart in our own journey.”
Sean Strub, the first openly HIV-positive candidate for the US Congress, produced David Drake’s hit play, “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.” Founder of POZ magazine, Sean has been engaged in HIV-related stigma, discrimination, criminalization and empowerment issues since the earliest days of the epidemic. He now serves as executive director of the Sero Project.
Ann Northrop, a veteran AIDS educator and AIDS activist, co-hosts the weekly national cable show “Gay USA” with Andy Humm. Earlier Ann served as a writer-producer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and as coordinating producer of CBS Morning News. As a member of ACT UP/NY, she participated in hundreds of demonstrations and was arrested “a couple of dozen” times. Ann and Sean have been friends and colleagues since those days. She is featured in the books “Making History,” by Eric Marcus; “Wolf Girls at Vassar,” by Anne Mackay; and “Queer in America,” by Michelangelo Signorile.
Northrop photo: Dixie Sheridan.
The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Subway: 1/2/3, A/C/E or F/M to 14th Street; L to 6th or 8th Avenue. Directions from where you are: hopstop.com
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for advance seating and book sales; complimentary wines and waters. Program and Q&A, 7:15 p.m. Book signing, 8:00 p.m.
Nonmember, $20 for two. Dues-paying Member of Out Professionals, $10 for two. Complimentary wines and waters. To help us plan, order here now. Please print and pocket a copy of your online receipt. Walk-ins welcome; cash only at the door.
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