the history behind The Normal Heart
a Tumblr-based teach-in about the early AIDS epidemic
In May, anticipating that at least some of our friends and followers might hear about HBO’s adaptation of The Normal Heart and have some questions or be interested in a deeper dive into AIDS history, my old friend michelet and I pulled together a Tumblr-based teach-in. We wrote some posts, reblogged some of the many other backgrounder pieces done by other media, accepted submissions, and tried to answer as best we could some questions about the AIDS epidemic and its long, important cultural and political impact.
It was an unexpectedly intense and cathartic experiment—I think I can speak for Misha on that count as well. The movie seems well-poised to get at least a few wins at tonight’s Emmy Awards given how many nominations it has and that it cleaned up at several earlier events. And I am relatively confident that any of the cast, crew or filmmakers involved are pretty well prepared to speak eloquently on its behalf should they get the opportunity.
But still I hope you might take a few minutes tonight to browse our archives and learn a little more about the history behind The Normal Heart and the early AIDS epidemic—and if you’ve got stories to share or still have any questions or just big emotions to pass along as you watch the Emmys, please hit us up!