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Mark Kostopoulos

ID Number: 33996
Maker: Chuck Stallard
Technique: digital reproduction of photocopy original
Date Made: 1992
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 61 cm x 45.7 cm; 24 in x 18 in
Main Subject: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Rights; HIV/AIDS
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Mark Kostopoulos October 1954- June 1992 [Text in photograph] Lavendar Left

Acquisition Number: 2010-168
Production Notes: Reproduction produced from digitized loan item. Dimensions of the original: 93 cm x 62.4 cm; 36 5/8 in x 24 9/16 in

Copyright Status:
Under copyright; used by CSPG with permission.

Exhibition Annotation:
The iconic photo of Mark Kostopoulos was taken by Chuck Stallard, a member of ACT UP LA, when Mark was arrested at the FDA action in Rockland MD on August 11, 1988. The posters were used in Mark’s political funeral which was a loud and angry torch lit march down Santa Monica Boulevard. to San Vicente. The posters of Mark were also used in the 1992 Pride march. All ACTUP members marched in silence holding the poster of Mark. Mark Kostopoulos was born in Augusta, Maine in 1954. He grew up in the Midwest and came to California to complete his undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University. Kostopoulos is widely remembered and celebrated as one of the founders of ACT UP/LA (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) who brought the organization to Southern California in 1987, not long after the first chapter opened in New York. During the 1970s and 1980s he was also active among other progressive groups including the Revolutionary Socialist League and the Lavender Left. He fought for adequate health care for all Angelinos stricken with HIV/AIDS, and in the 1990s defended abortion clinics. His day employment was with the United States Postal Service, but he passionately devoted all of his free time to these causes. He also pioneered the networking of AIDS activist organizations as well as the grassroots movement for universal healthcare. Complications from AIDS Related Complex did not lessen his drive or deter his commitment to these causes. In June of 1992, however, he finally succumbed to the disease. This was written of Kostopoulos in 1997: "For those who receive their care at 5P21 (the L.A. County AIDS clinic), not one single day should pass that you do not publicly speak the name Mark Kostopoulos in pride. You benefit from his courageous fights."

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