FOF #2681 – Tie a Red AIDS Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree

Dec 4, 2018 · 2190 views

A big reason why the color red is associated with AIDS charities is the success of Visual AIDS Red Ribbon Campaign that started in 1991. Lady Gaga on her Thanksgiving Special in 2011, Marc Felion & Fausto Fernós then and now.

December 1st commemorates World AIDS Day, an international day to raise awareness and remember those who have died from AIDS. When the holiday was first celebrated back in 1988, one of the biggest struggles dealing with AIDS & HIV was the silence surrounding the epidemic.

In 1991, a coalition of artists called Visual AIDS created the Red Ribbon public awareness campaign by boldly putting a red ribbon on the seat of all the attendees of the Tony Awards and brought the national conversation about AIDS out of the shadows and into the light.

Today we take a look at the history of the powerful statement that is the Red AIDS Ribbon that helped ignite a change in a world that would rather not talk about homosexuality, sex work or drug use, let alone HIV & AIDS.


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