TELLING THE STORIES
VOICES FROM - AIDS DIVA : THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN (2021)
This is a clip of the Q and A after the screening of "AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman" at APAIT Los Angeles, on 3/31/2022, Trans Day of Visibility.
Along with the film's director Dante Alencastre, panelists Torie Osborn and Valerie Spencer answer questions and provide rich, passionate insights and lessons from their life during the AIDS pandemic of the 1980's/90's in Los Angeles as colleague, mentee, friend and witness to the life of extraordinary activist Connie Norman. [ Click above for full screen ]
ACT UP/LA member,
journalist and friend of Connie.
Activist, theology educator and Rabbi.
ACT UP/LA member. Journalist and author. Now a psychotherapist, educator and founder of the first
program at Antioch U. Los Angeles.
ACT UP/LA member.
Activist and lawyer.
Has served for 20 years as
councilperson and as Mayor
of the City Of West Hollywood, CA.
Founding member of ACT UP/LA
in Austraila and Los Angeles.
Activist, close friend, and video
documenter of Connie and ACT UP.
ACT UP/ LA member.
Close friend of Connie.
Dedicated activist and devoted
advocate for Women and HIV/AIDS.
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.
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.
ACT UP member,
friend and co-worker with Connie
in policy work at Pasadena
AIDS Services Center.
Now a psychotherapist with LGBT-
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
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.
Playwright, author and public health advocate. Founder of ACT UP -
(AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power)
in New York in 1987.
Original founding member of
ACT UP /Los Angeles in December 1987.
Provided impassioned, savy leadership
within the organization.
Connie’s supportive husband.
Interior designer. Owned thriving
design studio in Altadena, CA.
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.
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.
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.