AIDS Activism

Created in the 1980s, the Gay Community AIDS Project (GCAP) was vital in creating a community for those living with AIDS and their allies in Champaign-Urbana.  It had two main goals - provide support for both those who had AIDS and their loved ones, and educate the community at large about AIDS.

Its members presented educational materials to various groups in Champaign-Urbana largely focused on ways to protect oneself from contracting AIDS. They also purchased and maintained a home known as the Champaign House where those living with AIDS could stay. 

In the 1990s, after prolonged debate, the organization decided to change its name to Greater Community AIDS project, to reflect the idea that AIDS does not only affect members of the gay community.