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Name of Creator:Hodge, G. Derrick
Title:G. Derrick Hodge papers
Date:1987-1993
Reference Code:M200
Location Code:36/1
Extent:1.35 cu. ft.
Scope and Content Note:The collection consists of records related to ACT UP/Boston's advocacy for gay rights and improved medical care for HIV/AIDS patients, and reflects Hodge's interest in health benefits for and discrimination against HIV positive persons. Included are fliers and newspaper clippings related to demonstrations and other activism, reports on drug trials for HIV/AIDS medications, issues of AIDS Treatment News and ACT UP's Attitude! newsletter, and a small amount of administrative material relating to budgets and programming for the organization. Targets of the group's demonstrations included President George H.W. Bush, Cardinal Bernard Law, and Abbot Pharmaceuticals, among others. Other topics covered include universal healthcare access, improving drug approval processes, and ACT UP's needle exchange programs. Also included are fliers related to Queer Nation/Boston's demonstrations against anti-gay violence, and reports and correspondence from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination regarding incidents of anti-gay violence in Boston. Box 1, Folder 62, which contains several discrimination incident reports, is restricted.
Biographical Note:G. Derrick Hodge was a member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power Boston (ACT UP/Boston) and Queer Nation/Boston in the early 1990's. Hodge served on ACT UP/Boston's discrimination, benefits, and finance working groups. ACT UP/Boston was founded in 1987 by activists Raymond Schmidt, Stephen Skuce, Donald Smith, and Paul Wychules to focus local efforts to speed up the development of AIDS treatments, educational programs, and prevention strategies. The membership was a diverse, nonpartisan group of people united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. The organization negotiated with government officials, public health policymakers, medical personnel, researchers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and others to bring about changes to meet the demands of the AIDS crisis. When negotiations failed, they held dramatic demonstrations, sometimes employing civil disobedience, to effect changes to save lives. The organization's motto was "Silence = Death." Queer Nation was an offshoot of ACT UP, created in response to elevated anti-gay and lesbian violence in the early 1990's.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by subject.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Bush, George, 1924-
  • Hodge, G. Derrick
  • Hodge, G. Derrick

  • ACT UP Boston (Organization)
  • ACT UP New York (Organization)
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

  • AIDS activists--Massachusetts--Boston
  • AIDS (Disease)--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Clinical trials--Moral and ethical aspects--United States
  • Drug approval--United States
  • Gay activists--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Gays--violence against--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Health care reform--Massachusetts
  • HIV-positive persons

Conditions Governing Access:Box 1, Folder 62 is restricted for 75 years. The remainder of the collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from G. Derrick Hodge of Kansas City, MO in 2010.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Finding Aids:ACT UP/Boston (David Stitt) collection, M179; ACT UP/Boston (Raymond Schmidt and Stephen Skuce) collection, M149
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Andrew Begley, September 19, 2014