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Photographer Gideon Mendel’s project The Ward began in 1993 when he started spending a number of weeks on the Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital. All the patients in this ward were dying with the knowledge that there was no cure for the disease. You can learn more about this couple Michael and John and others in the 2018 Metro article, Memories from the heart of the Aids crisis shows true love in a time of terrible tragedy.

I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Exclusive screening of documentary: 5B

Tuesday, March 15th Fenway Health and the Coolidge Corner Theatre will host a complimentary screening of the documentary film 5B, which honors the amazing nurses, physicians, and caregivers who built Ward 5B at San Francisco General Hospital in 1983 — during the height of the AIDS crisis.

Not all superheroes wear capes & masks
Some wear scrubs & stethoscopes

This is an an inspirational story about men and women who took extraordinary action to comfort, protect and care for the patients of the first HIV/AIDS ward unit in the United States. The program is free but will be limited to 60 participants so register to get your seat while they last.

The film will be followed by a brief Q&A with former Ward 5B nurse Alison Moed, Boston Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Chapter President Justin Alves, and Fenway Health’s Adrianna Boulin, Director of Community Impact and Engagement.