It seems hard to believe that it's nearly 35 years ago that I met a young Air Steward who was admitted with A.I.D.S. on a ward I was working on. I remember the anger and disbelief I felt when patients relatives were demanding that their family members be moved to another ward even though he was being nursed in a cubicle. The next day I was allocated to look after him . During this time I commented on some food that was on his bed table. He offered me some. I was taken aback when he cried all because I accepted his food. This encounter changed the course of my career and in significant ways my life. These chronicles are set in three parts with part one looking at the early years when we felt under attack both from the press and those who were in positions of power. Part Two will look at the Fight back which to my mind is one of if not the proudest moment in LGBT history. And part three will show where we are now. This is not the finished product – my sincere hope is that you will add your thoughts memories or any archive material you have .
Leigh Chislett,  56 Dean Street (Co-creator of AIDS Chronicles)

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You can find articles and images from the time, as well as some interactive recordings to immerse you in this historical journey that is a huge part of our LGBTQ+ history.

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Watch exclusive interviews with Leigh Chislett talking to a variety of guests about that time.