Bill Bahlman, Associate Producer

BillBill Bahlman, like Ann & Andy, is a long-term activist and journalist. He was News Director and Co-Anchor of “Out in the 80’s / 90’s” for seven years. Out In the 80’s was the first live comprehensive LGBT News show on Cable TV. GAY USA and Out in the 80’s were friendly competitors at the time.

Bill began his lifelong community service in 1971 joining The Gay Activist’s Alliance (GAA). He served on GAA’s Executive Committee as Chair of both the Community Relations Committee and the National Gay Movement Committee until 1974.

In the late 1970’s Bill Bahlman began a seven year career as one of the top New Wave DJ’s in NYC. Bill was the resident DJ at club Hurrah and Danceteria. While spinning 3 nights a week at these famous venues, Bill also took time to create the hugely successful New Wave Nights At The Anvil.

In 1986 Bill joined the Swift & Terrible Retribution Committee of GLAAD. He worked with the committee’s Chair Amy Bauer planning actions and demonstrations. He played a major role in planning and leading the LGBT Community’s response to the Bower vs Hardwick Supreme Court Sodomy Ruling. Bill first met Andy Humm around this time when Andy was Co-Chair of The Coalition For Gay & Lesbian Rights.

With anger over the government’s lack of response to AIDS, Bill co-founded The Lavender Hill Mob, with fellow GAA alum Marty Robinson.

In March 1987 Bill helped co-found The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACTUP) He served on the Issues Committee of ACTUP which tirelessly studied every aspect of drug development and of the government’s response to HIV/AIDS. Bill served on countless community, government and industry advisory boards fighting for expanded access and faster development of life saving drugs.

Today he is Chair of Mount Sinai Hospital HIV Community Advisory Board (CAB) and an officer on the CAB at NYU/Bellevue’s HIV/AIDS Research Center. Bill recently received a Quarter Century Award for his service at NYU’s CAB.

Bill Bahlman is also an accomplished photographer and videographer. His work appears in two AIDS documentary films; “Testing the Limits” and the 2012 Oscar nominated film by Director David France “How to Survive A Plague”. Bill appears in France‚Äôs film as a community reporter and as a treatment advocate from ACTUP New York.

Contact Bill at GayUSATV@nyc.rr.com.

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