Meg Handler: Acting Up and Acting Out

LGBTQ & AIDS Activism, 1992-94

Meg Handler is a documentary photographer, photo editor, and curator. She began her advocacy work in 1991 as a volunteer photographer for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). Subsequently, as a member of the Women’s Health Action and Mobilization (WHAM!), Meg documented pro-choice actions as well as covering the HIV/AIDS activism movement. She also made photographs of the anti-abortion organization, Operation Rescue.

Meg was photo editor of “The Village Voice” from 1995-2000, which is where she and I first met, and has worked at multiple other publications.

An exhibition of her photographs of LGBTQ & AIDS Activism from 1992-94 opened on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2022, at the Center on Halsted, the largest gay community center in Chicago. Meg’s first solo exhibition, it runs through January 29, 2023.