Bronze Medallion, 2020 Readers Favorite Awards
B.R.A.G.Medallion - 2019
Finalist, Literature of the Year, A&U Magazine - 2019
The history of the AIDS epidemic has largely been told from the perspective of gay men: their losses, struggles, and contributions. But what about women - in particular, straight women? Not just Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana, but thousands whose accomplishments have never been realized?
Drawing on personal interviews and archival research, F*g Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community is the first book to share the stories of women around the world, throughout the epidemic. Victoria Noe assures their place in women's history, for their determination to educate and advocate, to end the epidemic once and for all.
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About the Author
In the spring of 2006, I was deep into my third career as an educational sales rep to Chicago Public Schools (after working in theater and as a fundraiser for arts and AIDS organizations), which allowed me flexibility after our daughter was born. I told my friend Delle Chatman that I had an idea for a book: stories of people who were grieving the death of a friend. She was supportive and enthusiastic, though I’d never written a book before. She was also in remission from ovarian cancer. Six months later, she was dead.
Eventually,I broke up the book into a series of six small ones, which became the Friend Grief series. I assumed when the series finished that my writing career would be over.
I ran into Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times, Chicago’s weekly LGBT paper, in the summer of 2011, who asked me to contribute to her "AIDS@30" series. I was skeptical about whether I would even remember much. But as soon as I sat down at the computer, the memories surged along with the emotions: loss, frustration, rage.
That brought me back to the AIDS community, not as a fundraiser but a writer and activist. I joined ACT UP/NY and participated in actions. My essay, “Long Term Survivor”, about those of us who lived through the dark, early days of the epidemic, won the 2015 Christopher Hewitt Award.
After listening to a panel presentation by the women of ACT UP/NY in 2014, I realized that the literature of the AIDS epidemic ignored the accomplishments of women. And though some have acknowledged the critical involvement of lesbians, especially in the early years, none had focused on straight women.
In 2019, Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community gave long-overdue recognition to women around the world who have changed the course of hte epidemic, largely in obscurity. And it forced me to tell my own story, too. It has been one of the great joys of my life to introduce these women to the world.
In addition to ACT UP/NY, I’m a member of Authors Guild, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Chicago AIDS Garden steering committee.
As I said, this is my fourth career. Will there be a fifth? Will I write another book? Or both? I promise whatever it is, it won’t be boring.
Table of Contents
The Nonprofit Executives
The Medical Establishment and Their Patients
The Spiritual Community
The Fag Hags
The Fictional Women
About the Author
Books by Victoria Noe