October 21, 2019 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Matt Redman Memorial Feb. 19 in WeHo

Matt Redman, one of the founders of AIDS Project Los Angeles, died lastDecember 27. He was 67.

As The Pride LA reported last month: Redman determined that he had been infected with HIV in the late 1970s, diagnosed in retrospect by his “dangerously low” T-cell level. “I wasn’t terribly surprised because so many of the people I ran with had already become sick. Why would I be different?” Redman, who loved to dance at Probe disco, told The Advocate’s Chris Bull on July 17, 2001 for a story on the 20th anniversary of AIDS.

“My friends and I were in New York in 1981, hearing stories among friends coming down with this mysterious disease. We realized that back home in L.A. there was no hotline, no medical care, and no one to turn to for emotional support,” Redman told Bull.

A memorial for Matt Redman will be held on February 19th at 3pm at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, opposite the WeHo Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Parking available at the site.

“In the early 1980s, the understanding and knowledge of AIDS was very limited,” Ervin Munro, one of the four founders, told the Los Angeles Times. “And much of the public viewed it strictly as a gay disease, so there was a negative and hostile attitude toward anything that had to do with establishing an agency about AIDS.”

“Matt never lost his interest and enthusiasm for advocacy and policy,” APLA Health Director of Government Affairs Phil Curtis told HIVPlus Magazine.  “You could always count on him to ask just the right question, to push where the argument needed to go. And with his long institutional memory and very personal experience with HIV, his input was always fierce, heartfelt, and invaluable.”

Related Posts

UPDATE: Ed Buck’s Court Hearing Set for Next Month

October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019

Political activist Ed Buck, who pleaded not guilty last week to federal drug charges in connection with two overdose deaths...

Edify TV: Westside Measles Exposure

October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has announced that a person with measles visited several Westside businesses this...

PrEP Now Available Without Prescription in CA

October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019

Access to HIV prevention medications got a little easier. Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would allow...

Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s LGBTQ Town Hall w/ Democratic Presidential Candidates

October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019

It’s showtime, folks! Tonight is the LGBTQ Town Hall featuring Democratic presidential candidates answering all things queer. Human Rights Campaign...

California FAIR Plan For Fire Insurance Sees Massive Rate Increases

October 8, 2019

October 8, 2019

By Karl D. Susman The California FAIR Plan Association was created in July 1968 following a series of brush fires...

HOME & GARDEN FEATURE: The Greenest, Most Effective Carpet Cleaner

October 6, 2019

October 6, 2019

Oxi Fresh comes to the Westside  Santa Monica and West Los Angeles residents now have access to the greenest and...

The Woman Behind a Local Flavor

October 5, 2019

October 5, 2019

By Melanie Camp Hear about Lauren’s Koeppe’s journey in a Beautiful Hollywood podcast special, Woman, ROAR! Click the link here...

HEALTH&BEAUTY FEATURE: Relieving Sciatic Nerve Pain with Shevi at Body Rythm

October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019

Specialized Master Trainer, Shevi Baruch helps patients using Gyrotonic to reduce pain and improve their lives For twelve years, following...

HEALTH&BEAUTY FEATURE: Lily the Pink – Helping Women Look Their Best

September 28, 2019

September 28, 2019

Sandy Allbright’s permanent makeup studio in Brentwood  By Staff Writer For women who want to look their best all the...

Ed Buck Arrested After Third Alleged Meth OD Victim Survives, Calls 911

September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019

LGBTQ political activist and prominent donor to the Democratic Party Ed Buck was arrested Tuesday, September 17 after a third alleged victim...

‘HIVE’ Mentality for Seniors Living with HIV/AIDS

September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019

Celebrate National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.  Those in the LGBTQ+ community living in the late ‘80s to the early...

BUSINESS FEATURE: Nektar Baziotis: From the EU to the Westside

September 14, 2019

September 14, 2019

A journey to create one of the Westside’s leading tech companies  By Sam Catanzaro  Nektar Baziotis has come a long...

LGBTQ Youth Encouraged to Create Video Shorts for The Trevor Project

September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019

OUR PRIDE Video Fest announced a Call for Entries for videos about metal health, suicide prevention Calling all LGBTQ+ youth...

Lights. Camera. Representation!

September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019

The 26th annual QFilms Fest highlights the importance of showcasing an array of LGBTQ+ experiences through film.  By Jorge Paniagua...

Long Beach Welcomes 26th Annual QFilm Festival

September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019

This year, the festival dedicating short film program to LGBTQ+ Asian and Asian American experience. Long Beach’s historic Art Theatre...