V rámci 40. výročí Whitman-Walkera, oficiálně 13. ledna 2018, sdílíme 40 příběhů, které pomohou vyprávět příběh Whitman-Walkera v komunitě.
Please join us in recognizing, and reflecting upon, the life of Jim Graham.
Jim Graham served as the first Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Health and saw the clinic through the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Jim was a pioneer
of LGBTQ health and community-focused policy in DC. During a time when people and institutions shut their doors to those in need, Jim paved the way
for the compassion that grounds Whitman-Walker’s healthcare today. His memory will be uplifted for years to come – may he rest in power.
Klikněte na oranžové tlačítko pro přehrávání níže a slyšte Jimova červená 17, 2001 ústní historie - nahraný rozhovor s osobou, která má osobní znalosti o minulých událostech. Děkuji dějinnému projektu Rainbow za sdílení Jimova příběhu. Projděte si další citáty z jeho ústní historie a fotografií Jimových po celou dobu.
Foto: Jim Graham mluvil na 1998 Národní AIDS svíčkách Vigil.
Pět citátů z Jimovy ústní historie
O práci s Whitmanem-Walkerem na počátku 1980. let:
"To je důvod, proč jsme plánovali něco, co se ještě nedotklo našich životů. Což jsem to viděl jako něco opravdu významného, protože byli jsme před tím, co by byla přílivová vlna. And much of the advantage of what we were able to subsequently do. The fact that we were out of the gate so quickly and competently, really mattered
O reakci homosexuální komunity:
“So, what was the reaction from the gay community? The reaction from those two things was it was very, very responsive, from the beginning. But once
we got through that first stage, there was a reaction which said, you know, ‘You’re puritans, this is not as serious as you think it is.’ I remember
Frank Kameny saying to me that the history – that AIDS would be a blip in the history of the gay movement. And you know, people who – and Frank was
very much part of this – who really believed that multiple sexual partners, etc., and all of what was involved there, was a birthright of the gay community.
We ran into that very quickly. It was reinforced by the bathhouse owners, it was reinforced by the gay bar owners, who took an attitude that, ‘You’re
the skunk at the garden party, you’re raining on our fun.’ You know, kind of thing. And that was an obstacle. As soon as we got through the first stage,
and we had a lot of that. Here and everywhere else. And I don’t know that we skillfully handled it or not. Při zpětném pohledu nevím, jestli jsme to zvládli velmi dobře. Protože to, co jsme viděli, rostly známky toho, že tohle je, víte, bude to obrovský problém. "
Jim Graham mluví v 1997u.
Poskytování právního poradenství na konci životnosti a začátek právní služby Whitman-Walker:
"A velmi dobře si pamatuji, že při různých příležitostech na 34 jsem šel do lůžka lidí, kteří umírají, víte, v posledních dnech a dnech, jen aby se pokusili napravit své právní záležitosti. On 34 occasions, 34 people I did this for. And then I have a total client load of over 100 in the time I did this. I did it for almost 18 months. And
this carried me, in addition to the daily stuff that I was doing, this carried me right into the trenches of the epidemic. And created the whole experience
of the epidemic for me.”
“but going to the bedsides, I still can remember, vividly, you know, people spitting in your face. Not wittingly, but just the horrible circumstances because
the people, the wills that I was dealing with were very poor people, who this was an important step for them in their, putting their life together
with powers of attorney and the – just all of those issues. You know? So anyway, that – and then parents showing up and being introduced to their lover
and all of those dynamics I witnessed firsthand and was part of firsthand. And it was an extremely emotional time. So, I was very, very happy when
we hired our first lawyer, who I turned all of this over to. And I’m sure they were much more confidently served, and I was out of that. And it was
an enormous relief. A to bylo 1986, což byl začátek právního programu kliniky. "
Tom Sherwood, z NBC4, rozhovor s Jim Grahamem.
O historickém dopadu Whitman-Walkera a jeho reakci:
“And Whitman-Walker, even though I didn’t – I really can’t say that I ever thought I was part of anything historic, when it was happening, you know?
Something motivated me to preserve it, you know, what was going on.”
"... Měli jsme hlavní epidemii 20. století." A jedna z největších epidemií všech dob. A to byla jeho historie. Byla to historie společenství, která se spojovala a pomáhala sama, což je fenomenální příběh. Měli jsme tak málo - myslím, že v prvních dvou až třech letech jsme měli štěstí, že jsme v DC. "
Na rozhovoru s Rayem Engebretsenem od Lisy M. Keenové pro Washington Blade:
“It was ’85, early ’85. And she [Lisa M. Keen] followed him
[Ray Engebretsen] to his death. But when that, when the first of those articles appeared, showing this strapping, handsome, blonde biker next to his Harley
or whatever it was, and then in contrast to what he looked like at that time, and he would die within a few months of those articles – that – just those
two pictures were very impactful. We knew it would be.”
“‘It has increased the awareness of AIDS, the need to use proper preventive techniques as much as any other single event in Washington, in my opinion,’
said Jim Graham, administrator of the Whitman-Walker health clinic, which serves the homosexual community. Graham introduced Engebretsen to Keen after
she told him she wanted to follow an AIDS patient in the pages of The Blade.”
- Washington Post, srpen 1985
Přečtěte si druhý rozhovor Washingtona Blade s Rayem Engebretsenem s Lisou Keenovou, nazvanou "Nemluvili jste o tom v zdvořilé společnosti" zde.
Odráží se na dědictví Jima
“Jim Graham courageously led Whitman-Walker Clinic (now Whitman-Walker Health) through the darkest hours of the AIDS epidemic in Washington, D.C., during
the 1980s and 1990s. He fought valiantly for others in the face of adversity and death. He crusaded for causes big and small that aided those most
in need. He did so with a powerful life force fueled by his amazing intellect, boundless energy, and artful creativity. He was not just trying to end
AIDS. He sought to eradicate injustice, discrimination, stigma, and inequality in our community. And he would expect — dare I say demand —
that each one of us continue this quest of full equality and justice for all.”
-Don Blanchon, výkonný ředitel společnosti Whitman-Walker Health, Washington Blade, červenec 2017