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Atlanta through six decades: 1990s

60 years of covering Atlanta: The 1990s

A dig through our archives unearthed a cinematic rendering of Georgia just before the turn of the millennium, including our first review of bacchanalia, politics and the CDC, Wayne Williams, Richard Jewell, LaFace Records, Marla Maples, and more.
Atlanta through six decades: 1980s

60 years of covering Atlanta: The 1980s

The decade of big hair and big schemes
AIDS in Georgia

Atlanta remains a hotspot for new AIDS/HIV cases

For years, Georgia has been near the top of states with the highest rates of HIV/AIDS cases. In parts of Atlanta and the metro region, rates are as much as eight times the national average, and researchers say they rival levels found in some developing countries.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt remains a powerful symbol

Friends, family, lovers, and strangers stitched colorful, personal, and heartfelt tribute panels measuring three feet by six feet—the approximate measurements of a grave, Jones says—that when stitched together create a 1.3 million square foot symbol as iconic as the red ribbon worn to raise awareness about the disease.
Atlanta needs its gay bars now more than ever

Atlanta needs its gay bars now more than ever

While the AIDS crisis brought the gay community and its bars together, COVID is driving them apart.
Elton John

Elton John’s lasting impact on Atlanta: turning the public’s fear of AIDS into action

Many Atlantans are familiar with Sir Elton John’s local ties: his world-famous art collection that helped spark Atlanta’s obsession with photography, his hangouts at the Buckhead Diner, and his affinity for Georgia musicians. However, John’s fans may not appreciate that his most lasting gift to our city may be helping reverse the spread and stigma of AIDS.
PrEP Atlanta controversy

HIV prevention pill stirs debate in Atlanta’s gay community

“A lot of gay men were uncomfortable with the growing availability of PrEP because they felt it would increase promiscuity,” says AIDS activist Michael Baker. In fact, almost as soon as Truvada was endorsed by the CDC for HIV prevention two years ago, stories appeared in national media about a “slut-shaming” backlash within the gay community against the drug’s users.
Art AIDS America

Zuckerman Museum exhibition explores how AIDS epidemic changed American art

Tacoma Art Museum curator Rock Hushka and a co-curator spent 10 years putting together Art AIDS America, a traveling exhibition of 100-plus works that stops at Kennesaw’s Zuckerman Museum of Art this month.

Back in the day: Karyn Greer

I started anchoring the evening news at Channel 46 in 1990. I was a girl in my 20s, working in a major market in my dream job. It was exciting. It was exciting. I felt like Holly Hunter in "Broadcast News."

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