AIDS

5:56pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Out in the Bay - Feb. 23, 2012

Marginalized faith communities featured in Santa Clara University museum photo exhibit

Vanessa, a transgender sex worker with her altar to Santa Muerte, in her SRO in San Francisco's Tenderloin. It's among many photos in Rick Nahmias' Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited, now in Santa Clara University's deSaisset Museum.
Rick Nahmias

Golden States of Grace: Documentary photographer Rick Nahmias spent more than three years researching, photographing, and taking oral histories of 11 California faith communities outside the religious mainstream - including transgender sex workers in San Francisco's Tenderloin who worship Santa Muerte, Zen Buddhist San Quentin inmates, and an AIDS ashram in West Hollywood.

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11:46am

Tue February 14, 2012
Arts & Culture

AIDS quilt returns to San Francisco for one week

Over 91,000 people are memorialized in The Quilt.
photo: Courtesy of The NAMES Project

The AIDS quilt has come home for a visit.

Considered by organizers to be the largest participatory art project in the world, the AIDS Memorial Quilt began spontaneously on San Francisco’s Market Street a generation ago, when gay rights activist Cleve Jones asked people to create quilt panels memorializing loved ones who had died of AIDS-related causes.

That was in 1987; today, over 91,000 individuals have been memorialized on more than 5,800 quilt panels, each the symbolic size of a coffin (3 X 6 ft.).

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