The annual Out of the Darkness candlelight vigil and march (lowr right) began at 7:45 p.m. on December 1, World AIDS Day, at the LGBT Community Center on West 13th Street and wound its way up Eighth Avenue to 22nd Street, where the townhouse that served as the original headquarters of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis stands. There the reading of names of those who have died in the epidemic. Brent Nicholson Earle, whose American Run for the End of AIDS helped launch this annual commemoration, is pictured.
On December 5, Belafonte was on hand at the Chelsea Pier Lighthouse to give an award to Cole, who is also the chairman of amfAR, on behalf of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Choose Life Awards. Other awardees included City Councilmen Larry B. Seabrook and Albert Vann on behalf of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus of the New York City Council; Dennis deLeon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS; and Russ Bryant, accepting on behalf of Abbot Laboratories. NBLCA leaders on hand included president Debra Frazer-Howze and chairman emeritus Darwin N. Davis, Sr.