TELLING THE STORIES 

VOICES FROM - AIDS DIVA : THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN (2021) 

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ROBIN PODOLSKY

 ACT UP/LA member, 

journalist and friend of Connie. 

Activist,  theology educator and Rabbi.

DOUG SADOWNICK

ACT UP/LA member.  Journalist and author. Now a psychotherapist, educator and founder of the first 

Gay-Centered Psychotherapy 

program at Antioch U. Los Angeles.

JOHN DURAN

ACT UP/LA member. 

Activist and lawyer.

Has served for 20 years as 

councilperson and as Mayor 

of the City Of West Hollywood, CA.

PETER CASHMAN 

Founding member of ACT UP/LA

Broadcast journalist 

in Austraila and Los Angeles. 

Activist, close friend, and video

documenter of Connie and ACT UP.

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MARY LUCEY 

ACT UP/ LA member. 

Close friend of Connie.

Dedicated activist and devoted

advocate for Women and HIV/AIDS. 

TORIE OSBORN

Accomplished activist in women’s, civil rights and GLBT movements for 55 years. 

Former Executive Director of both

the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and 

the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Continuing activism and public service.

VALERIE SPENCER

Activist and Connie’s chosen 

public policy advocate successor.

She is now a social worker, therapist, Reverend and a luminary in the Trans community of Los Angeles.

PAUL LANGLOTZ 

ACT UP member, 

friend and co-worker with Connie 

in policy work at Pasadena 

AIDS Services Center.  

Now a psychotherapist with LGBT-

affirmative specialization.

MICHAEL WEINSTEIN 

A founder of AIDS Hospice Foundation 

in Los Angeles. Friend of Connie.

Founder and President of AHF, 

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, largest provider of HIV/AIDS AIDS healthcare in the world.

FROM THE STORIES

VOICES FROM ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE OF AIDS DIVA

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HARRY HAY

Gay movement visionary, pioneer and

founder of the Mattachine Society in 

Los Angeles in 1950, as well as the

Radical Faeries in 1979. 

Mentor to Connie Norman.

LARRY KRAMER 

Playwright, author and public health advocate.  Founder of ACT UP -

 (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) 

in New York in 1987. 

MARK KOSTOPOULOS

Original founding member of 

ACT UP /Los Angeles in December 1987. 

Provided impassioned, savy leadership

within the organization.

BRUCE NORMAN

Connie’s supportive husband.

Interior designer. Owned thriving

design studio in Altadena, CA.

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ED EDELMAN

Los Angeles County Supervisor

Edelman was an early ally of the gay community, helping to direct funding when others would not and eventually towards Chris Brownlie AIDS Hospice.

WALLY GEORGE

Conservative talk show commentator. Was host from 1983 -93 of the “Hot Seat”, early  ‘reality TV’ audience interactive show. Connie was a guest if George later agreed to guest on her program, which he did.

REV. SANDY SCOTT

A founder of United Spirit Church

in West Hollywood, CA. which served the largely LGBT congregation during the AIDS crisis. Friend of Connie.

SHEILA KUEHL

In 1994, the first openly-gay California 

state legislator. Now first gay member

of the LA County Board of Supervisors.

Hosted groundbreaking 90’s gay cable TV 

interview show,”Get Used to It”, on which

Connie was a guest.