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Oral history interview conducted by Robert Sember
July 30, 1992
Call number: 1993.001.13
0:02 - Volunteering, first learning of HIV, impact of volunteering on her community
25:07 - Volunteering for GMHC, In Brooklyn: GMHC influence and lack of services
42:53 - Dealing with HIV stigma and homophobia in the streets and at work
54:39 - Experience of HIV in Brooklyn vs. Manhattan, street and youth outreach
64:16 - Hopes and future plans
Oral History Interview with Maria Palazzo
Maria Palazzo is a White Italian woman from the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn who, at the time of this interview, was a volunteer at Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). She began volunteering for the AIDS Walk and other fundraisers; jobs in line with her paid work as an accountant in Manhattan, and eventually became part of the GMHC Buddy Program. Palazzo went on to do more outreach-based work.
In this interview, Maria Palazzo provides a view of what it was to be a volunteer with a large AIDS organization in a major city in the United States in the 1990s. She speaks about the her motivations for volunteering, her interactions with fellow volunteers, and the reactions she gets from the general public, her workmates, friends, and family related to her volunteering. The narrator also considers differences in attitudes and available resources between Manhattan and the Bronx. Interview conducted by Robert Sember.
The AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection includes oral histories conducted for an exhibition undertaken by the Brooklyn Historical Society in 1993. The project attempted to document the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Brooklyn communities. Recordings initially made on magnetic tape concerned the epidemic and were with narrators who had firsthand experience with the crisis in their communities, families and personal life. Narrators came from diverse backgrounds within Brookyn and the New York metropolitan area and had unique experiences which connected them with HIV/AIDS. Substantive topics of hemophilia, sexual behavior, substance abuse, medical practice, social work, homelessness, activism, childhood, relationships and parenting run through at least one, and often several, of the oral histories in the collection.
CitationPalazzo, Maria, Oral history interview conducted by Robert Sember, July 30, 1992, AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection, 1993.001.13; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc.
- Palazzo, Maria
- AIDS (Disease)
- Family life
- HIV infections
- HIV-positive persons
- Social group work
- Stigma (Social psychology)
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
- New York (N.Y.)
Finding AidAIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection