Pop singer Troye Sivan and HIV/AIDS activist Peter Staley convene to discuss each other’s work.
Sivan said he has been a longtime admirer of Staley and his work. He credits How To Survive A Plague for inspiring him to get into activism.“That documentary and your story changed my life,” Sivan told Staley. The two began by discussing how Staley became a full-time activist: he joined ACT UP about a year after learning he was HIV-positive. “Their first demonstration was on Wall Street,” Staley said of the group. “I got handed a flyer on my way to work. It gave me so much hope to see this community begin to act up about this illness that was very likely going to kill me soon.” Sivan recalled the “badass” demo that ACT UP held in Maryland in 1988, when Staley and fellow ACT UP members stormed the FDA headquarters and set up a sign that read, Silence = Death. “It was a wake up call to the entire country that a new movement was here, and we were going to change things,” said Staley.
Director: Max Bartick
Director of Photography: Cole Evelev
Producer: Sam Marine
Associate Producer: Maya Solo
Editor: Victoria Mortati
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