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In Conversation with A. Toni Young (Washington, DC)

THE POLITICAL IS PERSONAL: A Conversation with author Anne-christine d'Adesky and A. Toni Young

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Anne-christine d'Adesky is an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker who reported on the global AIDS epidemic for New York Native, OUT, The Nation, and The Village Voice. She received the first Award of Courage from amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. She was an early member of ACT UP and cofounder of the Lesbian Avengers. Her books include Beyond Shock: Charting the Landscape of Sexual Violence in Post-Quake Haiti, Moving Mountains: The Race to Treat Global AIDS, and a novel set in post-Duvalier Haiti, Under the Bone.

D'Adesky's newest book, the memoir The Pox Lover: An Activist's Decade in New York and Paris, is a personal history of the turbulent 1990s in New York City and Paris by this pioneering American AIDS journalist, lesbian activist, and daughter of French-Haitian elites. In an account that is by turns searing, hectic, and funny, Anne-christine d'Adesky remembers "the poxed generation" of AIDS - their lives, their battles, and their determination to find love and make art in the heartbreaking years before lifesaving protease drugs arrived.

A. Toni Young is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Education Group (CEG), which she founded in 1993 as NWAP. CEG organizes individuals and organizations at the grassroots level, empowering communities and building coalitions on issues associated with HIV/AIDS, women and the Black community. 

Toni has a long history of advocating for the coordination of services for women with HIV/AIDS and working with Black communities around HIV and other health issues in local, regional and national settings. As Community Co-chair for the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council, she facilitated a group of 27 community and government representatives who were responsible for the allocation of more than $8 million in federal and state resources. Since her return to D.C. in 2003, Toni has served as the Chair of the D.C. HIV Prevention Planning Council, a vital role that allows her to coordinate efforts in this community.

Toni has also lent her expertise to numerous projects, including developing and presenting HIV/AIDS congressional testimony for the White House working group, and working with lead staff of the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to develop the 1996 Ryan White application to states. She has served on numerous federal panels and committees including the CDC Sterile Needle Committee, the CDC meeting on Woman to Woman transmission and the Ryan White Title I & II Review Committees. Toni has successfully planned and executed three regional forums concerning Woman and HIV/AIDS as it relates to women’s health for the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN).

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