On May 14,2015, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (also known as GMHC) raised awareness for this upcoming Sunday’s (May 17th) AIDS Walk NY, alongside raising awareness for Governor Cuomo’s campaign to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020. NYonAir was on the scene, working alongside GMHC to capture the city as it went RED with awareness. The buildings will be lit until May 17th, the day of the NYC Aids Walk.
The buildings, lit in red, included GMHC’s headquarters, the Empire State Building, Port Authority, One World Trade Center, Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, CBS, Bloomberg Tower, Viacom, West Elm, Shops at Columbus Circle, Bloomingdale’s, the Helmsley Building, the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ in Times Square and JFK’s Airport Tower amongst others.
“In response to a devastating disease whose victims were mounting at a frightening pace (to date, AIDS has killed over 658,000 people in the United States alone), men and women came together 30 years ago for the first-ever AIDS Walk New York. This year, GMHC and AIDS Walk New York will cross a major milestone of 30 years of walking to find a cure and “Light Up New York” will help raise critical awareness about HIV and AIDS, as well as for the event on Sunday, May 17. “
On the evening of May 14, GMHC brought awareness to both AIDS Walk NY (Sunday, May 17) and Governor Cuomo’s campaign to end HIV/AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. Film and stage star Harvey Fierstein, who walked in the first AIDS Walk in 1986, was on hand to throw the switch, coloring the Empire State Building a bright red. The campaign is being shared as #LightUpNY.
Written by Jackii Sovern.