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Monday, October 18, 7:30 PM ET
Peter Staley presents Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism
In conversation with Ann Northrop
In 1987, somebody shoved a flyer into the hand of Peter Staley: massive AIDS demonstration, it announced. That protest redirected the course of his life, and a week later, Staley found his way into a packed meeting of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power—ACT UP—in the West Village.
Greenlight is honored to welcome Staley in presenting his new memoir Never Silent, the untold story of his journey from closeted Wall Street bond trader to one of the leading AIDS and LGBTQ rights activists of his generation. Never Silent infuses personal chronicle with what Tony Kushner (Angels in America) praises as an “incisive, precise, and revelatory insider’s history of ACT UP” and “an electrifying primer for anyone who’s thinking/worrying/wondering about how to change/save the world.” He is joined in conversation by Ann Northrop, veteran journalist, longtime ACT UP member, and co-host of the “Gay USA” weekly TV news program.
Staley, a shrewd strategist with nerves of steel, organized some of the group’s most spectacular actions, from shutting down trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to putting a giant condom over the house of Senator Jesse Helms. Never Silent is the inside story of what brought Staley to ACT UP and the explosive and sometimes painful years to follow—years filled with triumph, humiliation, joy, loss, and persistence.
Never Silent is guaranteed to inspire the activist within all of us.