Pride Special – ‘Never Silent – ACT UP and My Life in Activism’ Peter Staley book reading and signing

Really excited to announce the first of a special Pride event series ‘AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power’ London Chapter, National AIDS Trust, Positively UK and friends have been organising.

Saturday 18th June 6.30-8pm – Pride Special ‘Never Silent – ACT UP and My Life in Activism’ London launch reading at QueerCircle. Reading and Q+A with Dan Glass from ACT UP London – £3 – Book your tickets here / Facebook event page here

On Sunday 19th June – 6.30-8pm the brilliant Housmans Bookshop will be hosting a ‘Never Silent’ book signing with nibbles as a celebration for Peter Staley and London’s HIV+ community and friends. Housmans bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DY – It is free but there are limited spaces. Please book your space here ASAP. facebook event page here

There are limited spaces so please sign up quick here! It is free.

This is part of Pride Special 4 days of events welcoming Peter to London to celebrate his life-long commitment to ‘healthcare for all’ all encapsulated in his fab book ‘Never Silent – ACT UP and My Life in Activism’

All press and general requests please email


If you are attending the event and would like to reserve a copy, order the book here  – and use the coupon code COLLECTION when you check out.*

About the Book – Never Silent: ACT UP And My Life In Activism By Peter Staley
Chicago Review Press, 2021

In 1987, somebody shoved a flyer into the hand of Peter Staley: massive AIDS demonstration, it announced. After four years on Wall Street as a closeted gay man, Staley was familiar with the homophobia common on trading floors. He also knew that he was not beyond the reach of AIDS, having recently been diagnosed with AIDS-Related Complex.

A week after the protest, Staley found his way to a packed meeting of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power ACT UP in the West Village. It would prove to be the best decision he ever made. ACT UP would change the course of AIDS, pressuring the National Institutes of Health, the FDA, and three administrations to finally respond with research and treatment plans that ultimately saved millions of lives.

Staley, a shrewd strategist with nerves of steel, organized some of the group’s most spectacular actions, from shutting down trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to putting a giant condom over the house of Senator Jesse Helms. Never Silent is the inside story of what brought Staley to ACT UP and the explosive and sometimes painful years to follow: years filled with triumph, humiliation, joy, loss, and persistence. Never Silent is guaranteed to inspire the activist within all of us.

THANK YOU to all our partner organisations, to Luca Modesti ACT UP designer badass and everyone everywhere ACTING UP for healthcare for all!

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