In May of 1989, Keith painted his mural Once Upon a Time…
in a bathroom at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
Community Center (known colloquially as The Center) in New
York City.

Keith viewed this mural as a memorial to the casualties of AIDS,
and to the loss of a time when expression of sexual freedom
could be experienced as a joyful celebration.  The mural still
exists today, and the room is no longer a bathroom, but functions
as a sanctuary and place of contemplation for many people
impacted by the AIDS crisis.

The Center has been a home and resource hub for the LGBT
community, NYC residents, and visitors since its founding in
1983.  It provides a place to connect and engage, find
camaraderie and support, and celebrate the vibrancy and
growth of the LGBT community.  The Center offers the LGBTQ
communities of NYC advocacy, health and wellness programs;
arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, parenthood
and family support services.

To learn more about The Center, and how you can visit the

mural, go to

World AIDS Day, designated on
December 1st every year since
1988, is an international day
dedicated to raising awareness
of the AIDS pandemic caused by
the spread of HIV infection and
mourning those who have died of
the disease.

Keith Haring painting Once Upon a Time...
Photo by Tseng Kwong Chi, 1989 © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight
against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate
those who have died from AIDS-related illness.  Founded in 1988, World
AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

There are an estimated 37 million people living with the virus worldwide today.  Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than
35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV, and we have much more
knowledge about the condition.  And, after over 35 years of the HIV pandemic, the world may soon witness the birth of an AIDS-free
generation, with new infections in children reduced by more than half globally.

However, World AIDS Day serves as an important reminder that HIV has not gone away – preventative outreach and lifelong treatment
remain vital, and stigma and discrimination are still a reality for many people living with the condition. The need to provide care, raise
awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education persists.

During his lifetime Keith Haring worked to raise awareness of the disease.  Before succumbing to AIDS-related illness in 1990, he
established the Keith Haring Foundation to help continue the fight against HIV.

To learn more about World AIDS Day visit /

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