Description: Part of Lambda Archives’ celebratory event “Heroines, Pioneers and Trailblazers” held March 19, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Self identified as a loud, proud, activist Jewish peacenik Dyke, Wendy Sue has for 35 years volunteered her time and her deep caregiving spirit to numerous grassroots organizations in response to the AIDS epidemic. In her work with Concerned Citizens for AIDS Patients (CCAP), a group founded by Carolyn Butterworth, she assisted those with AIDS in everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning, giving haircuts and in the end holding their hands while they took their last breath. She also helped to organize quilting bees, helping San Diegans make their own panels for the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Wendy Sue channeled her anger and grief over watching her community’s devastation into more direct activism and helped to start the ACT-UP San Diego chapter. ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) San Diego harnessed the power of non- violent protest and civil disobedience to agitate for both political and direct service responses to the AIDS epidemic. She also worked with ACT-UP to start a clean needle exchange program (illegally) in the early 1990’s to help reduce the rate of HIV transmission. Additionally, Wendy Sue has been involved with Project Lifeguard and the Blood Sisters.

Date: 2016-02-08