HIV in the Rust Belt

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Recently, many scholars have been making connections between the AIDS crisis and the COVID-19 crisis, particularly in relation to stigma, marginalization and fear. As part of our mission, The Ryan White Program at The University of Toledo Medical Center is helping to create different dialogue, by sharing the history of HIV in our region, and by igniting hope for those impacted by HIV locally and globally. The time to tell the story of HIV in the Rust Belt is now.

Our film, HIV in the Rust Belt, is a feature-length documentary film, which explores the experience of living with HIV in the Rust Belt during the height of the AIDS crisis. Through the examination of the history and life of David’s House Compassion, a grassroots HIV group home and AIDS resource center that transformed the experience of those living with HIV in northwest Ohio at the peak of the crisis, the project will tell a unique story of care in our region. It will also tell the untold story of what HIV activism looked like outside of the East and West Coasts, which had more media coverage, direct-action campaigns and higher-capacity donors.

Never before have people been turning so directly to the humanities, particularly television and film, to make meaning of a pandemic; our film directly addresses our current anxieties and questions by looking to a recent historical moment of creative collaboration and care, providing a voice and platform for those living through the AIDS crisis to provide necessary reflection for our current COVID-19 times.

Telling the story of David’s House Compassion will inspire community creativity and resiliency during this pandemic, but we need your help. 

Please consider a gift of $50, $100, $500 or any amount to the Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund for HIV Care, as all gifts will contribute to the producing and sharing of this film. 

For more information, please contact Richard Meeker at 419.383.4072 or 

Announcing a $5,000 Match

Good afternoon,

Our work on "HIV in the Rust Belt," is continuing to evolve and we could not be more excited about the progress we have made thus far. Thank you for your generous support. 

An anonymous donor has stepped forward to generously match all gifts made online, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. We have until the end of June to reach our goal, which will enable us to create a larger impact.

Please consider making another gift and encourage others to do so as well. Share the campaign link on social media, email, and through text, and help us reach the full match.

Thank you again for your support of this much needed film! 

385 days ago by Allie Berns

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