Join Photodom for HIV/AIDS Awareness

In the delicate tapestry of life, some threads tell stories of courage, resilience, and impact. At Photodom, we’re excited to announce an upcoming event that honors the enduring legacy of those affected by the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic.

AIDS Quilt displayed at the National Mall, c. 1987.

In observance of World AIDS Day, we invite everyone to contribute a panel to the AIDS Quilt for loved ones lost to the epidemic and engage in a community discussion focusing on risks and prevention.

Inspired by the life of my late cousin, Isis, I was moved to create a panel for the AIDS Quilt to commemorate her life. Born in 1978 as one of the nation’s first congenital HIV cases, her life unfolded against the backdrop of a world grappling to understand the epidemic. Despite facing adversity with grace, she passed away in 1993 at the age of 14 due to AIDS-related complications, leaving behind a profound impact on society.

My cousin, Isis, May 1984.

Her story, a testament to courage and triumph, went beyond personal battles. In 1985, she became the first child banned from school in New York State and the second in the country, setting a precedent mirrored by others like Ryan White. Unidentified throughout the court proceedings to protect her right to attend school free of discrimination, she, alongside Ryan and many children like them, became the face of early civil rights legislation for Americans with disabilities. Thirty years since her untimely passing, HIV+ children are still being born. However, initiatives like this workshop inspire hope that future generations will inhabit a world different from hers—a world free of discrimination, where we no longer add names to the quilt.

Newsweek 1985 cover, capturing the Queens, NY protest against Isis’ school attendance.

Inspired by her indomitable spirit, we’re hosting an AIDS Quilt Workshop at Photodom. This event invites participants to craft panels that celebrate lives touched by HIV/AIDS without shame and stigma—a privilege my family did not have during my late cousin’s lifetime. Join us at Photodom, 1717 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY on December 20th (6 pm – 9 pm) and/or December 23rd (12 pm – 5 pm), to be part of this meaningful endeavor. No quilting experience is necessary – just bring your stories and memories. Materials will be provided, though feel free to bring your own! Let’s stitch together, remembering and honoring those affected by HIV/AIDS and the enduring spirit of a trailblazing soul.

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