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AIDS Walk New York is the world’s largest
and most visible HIV/AIDS fundraising event. 
It was born in 1986 out of the anguish of gay men in neighborhoods from Greenwich Village to Harlem who were first besieged by the deadly new disease. It was nurtured by the passions of New York’s diverse communities of art, culture, and commerce so ravaged by the early HIV epidemic. It was steeled for the long haul by activists who knew that ending HIV/AIDS would require more than fighting the virus. It would also require confronting the social ills that fuel it – racism, sexism, homophobia, and poverty.

That is exactly what AIDS Walk York has been doing for decades. The durability of this event, like that of GMHC itself, is remarkable. Together, we withstood national leaders in the 1980s who ignored the health crisis, or worse. We weathered a severe spring rainstorm in 1992 that chilled and soaked our 20,000 participants to the bone – yet we still walked.  Following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, our supporters gathered that next May ‘New York Strong,’ producing a record crowd and sum raised. We survived the Great Recession of 2008 and its severe effects on our many supporters who work on Wall Street; and we maintained focus and fulfilled our mission during recent years of national turbulence on healthcare policy.
When COVID-19 hit New York City hard and fast in March 2020, like HIV had decades before, GMHC showed that responding to a new ‘Health Crisis’ was not only a matter of past heroism, but also of current capability and urgency. In just a few weeks, GMHC revised its services and AIDS Walk New York altered its format so as to reach people where they are and needed to be – AT HOME. GMHC began delivering meals, crisis counseling, and so much more to clients where they live. Concurrently, AIDS Walk New York pivoted into a bi-coastal, star-studded simulcast that was a smashing success!

This year, we will finally return to Central Park for a BIG comeback!
Join us in-person or virtually!