GREENWICH VILLAGE, NY — The Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the monumental group that helped raise awareness about the AIDS health epidemic, is marking its 35th anniversary on Wednesday with a march to NYC’s new AIDS Memorial.

Thirty-five years ago this week, a group of men met in a Greenwich Village living room to discuss the mysterious health epidemic that was killing gay men. During the meeting, held at Larry Kramer’s apartment on Aug. 11, 1981, the men discussed the burgeoning AIDS epidemic, which had not yet been officially identified by the scientific community. Just a few months later, six men from the original meeting at Kramer’s apartment officially formed the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, considered the first AIDS service organization in the world. Kramer went on to launch the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP), another signifiant activist group. (For more information on this and other neighborhood stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts.)

Today, the GMHC continues to provide HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment as well as advocacy work. The group will be walking on Wednesday evening from the GMHC headquarters to the AIDS memorial.

The NYC AIDS Memorial officially opened last year in Greenwich Village. The memorial sits in the heart of the Village, located just blocks from someone of the most important institutions working to combat the AIDS, including the original headquarters of the GMHC.

Lead image credit: Lars Niki / Stringer / Getty Images Entertainment.

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