Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Displays AIDS Quilt as AIDS Walk NY Hits The Streets Of The Big Apple

Susan Richard
May 19, 2018 - 12:13 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) AIDS Walk New York takes to the streets of the Big Apple Sunday, May 20th, with 20,000 participants raising millions of dollars for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and other tri-state area AIDS service organizations.  

The event will feature a line-up of stars including Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski and Tan France, Rosie Perez, the Pointer Sisters, RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, and many more.  Participants will have a choice of the traditional 10K walk through Central Park and the streets of the Upper West Side, or the Macy’s-Sponsored 5-mile run contained entirely within the park. 

Those taking the Upper West Side route will be cheered on by members of the congregation from The Cathedral of St. John The Divine at 112th street and Amsterdam Avenue. As part of their support for the event, the Cathedral is hosting three panels from the AIDS Memorial quilt, on display in the AIDS Memorial in the Cathedral nave. Each panel contains a name of a victim of the epidemic with a close connection to the Cathedral community, including artist Keith Haring, ballet dancer Robert Joffrey and playwright Gerald Chapman.  

"Since the early 80s the Cathedral of St. John the Divine has been at the forefront of responding to the aids crisis when the disease first appeared," church Vestryman Kevin de l'Aigle told 1010 WINS, "and every year thousands of AIDS walkers walk past the Cathedral.  We just want everyone to know that the Cathedral community stands with people from all walks of life, who struggle with real life problems like HIV AIDS." In a statement, the church called its memorial a sacred and welcoming place of contemplation and memory; a site of pilgrimage, and only one of a handful of such chapels dedicated to people impacted by AIDS. 

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine even received a proclamation from Governor Cuomo's office honoring its work in this arena and recognizing its display of the quilt panels.

Founded in 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $150 million for GMHC and many other AIDS services organizations throughout the tri-state area, and is the world’s largest single-day AIDS fundraising event. 

Get more info on AIDS Walk NY HERE

Get more info on the AIDS Quilt display HERE