IRIS De La CRUZ
Iris De La Cruz was an AIDS Activist, writer, poet and performer who was instrumental in bringing attention to the needs of women living with HIV in the 1980's. Sadly, she died before Iris House opened its doors, but in recognition of her tremendous efforts on behalf of the women we served, our program was named for her.
For more about Iris, check out this write up in the New York Times about her funeral.
Her work continues to inspire others. Follow this link to "Spectres of Iris de la Cruz."
Aaron Laxton reads her work, "Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll and AIDS" from 1990.
To read some of her poetry and her columns from the AIDS Coalition Newsline, click on the PDF link below. We are grateful to Iris's mother, Beverly Rotter, for providing these amazing writings.