Act it up was a great and significant activist group. They fought and accomplished a lot, however, because of all the attention they got many other groups and forms of the type had gotten forgotten. The writer in this article quotes, “for the most part they were educated white-gay men who talked in a high fallutin manner”. The mere fact that someone can say something like this is pretty telling that there was even a certain intolerance or unacceptence within the activist group, ACT UP. They continue to write, “I guess I never joined ACT UP because I never saw myself as a member…I did not feel welcomed. I had friends who belonged to ACT UP but no one ever invited me to join”. This statement is extremely interesting. How could it be that an activist group fighting for life and rights and acceptance, is not as accepting as they would be expected to be?
ACT UP has had extreme success and accomplished a lot. Within their accomplishments there are other issues that have not been figured out. For example, black men with HIVs, what are they supposed to do? They can very well fight for their life within ACT UP but racial issues are a whole separate issue and aren’t fully dressed with ACT UP for black men with HIVs. Although ACT UP is remembered, there are people who are forgotten. However, despite most ACT UP members being wealthier and white, many people were saved from the disaster of aids.
With everything there are always down sides. Regardless of everything, ACT UP was a group of people who fought for what they thought it right and fair, and that’s what is most important.