AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) formed in March 1987 in New York City. The organization gained notoriety for powerful direct action protests, and chapters popped up across the United States in cities like Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Nashville, among many others.
ACT UP Nashville was co-founded by Gerry Scoppettuolo in 1988. He led the organization until 1992. He also was one of the organizers of Nashville’s first Pride march. ACT UP Nashville held protests and vigils to raise awareness for AIDS research and healthcare. On March 26, 1988 roughly 150 people gathered at Legislative Plaza to remember the more than 160 Tennesseans who died of AIDS thus far.
See also: Nashville CARES
Sources: “Actions,” ACT UP NY; Tennessean, Mar. 27, 1988.
Page last updated: 11/3/21 by SEC