- I have always viewed the original purpose of Nightsweats & T-cells, the vision of Paul Monette, Victor Brown, Honey and myself (Michael) to be the most moving. That purpose is to put strong messages about AIDS on garments that people would wear. These messages could not be ignored. If I were standing in line at the grocery store and you were standing next to me you could no longer choose to ignore the death of all those whom I had lost. I am by nature a quiet person. This purpose has given me a voice, a powerful voice!
one of the four founding members of Nightsweats & T-cells. Michael is the production manager of the screenprinting facility in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also a prolific designer. Michael is a longterm survivor of HIV/AIDS.
started his career in the garment industry as a buyer for the San Francisco "Saks Fifth Avenue". He then moved on to the gay cultural icon during the 1970's - 1980's "The All American Boy" stores. Gordy was diagnosed with full-blown AIDS in December of 1984.
Gil has spent nearly 20 years working closely with non-profit fundraising and design. Local, state and federal programs have all called on Gil for his background in campaigns that work from print design to on air advertising. With a strong belief in social responsibility, Gil brings our clients closer to their customers.
Custom Screenprinting: you provide the design we manage the production on a wide range of products for your annual fund raising or special event. Tired of t-shirts? We're not, but we do enjoy product and identity design.
Design Services: you provide us basic info and we make it sing. Logo, business cards and stationery, t-shirts, coffee mugs, signs, posters, marketing plans, print ads and keep an eye out for our new Web Design Factory.
Wholesale: our own preprints are available for your store or your fund raising events.
Speakers Bureau: you can have the short version of "Employment – A Treatment Option That Works" or go for the day long seminar. In Madison, Wisconsin they went for the day long seminar and there were people with HIV/AIDS on their way to their new jobs the next morning!
- News Releases
New York News Day, 22 June 1994, Frank DeCaro, "The Gay Games New York City"
"A year and a half ago, Jeff Boone, 30, retired from his regular job doing visual merchandising for a department store. "I was waiting to die", he says, "then I found these people. It gives me a reason to get up in the morning."
"They should give a medal for that, too".
BOYZ, 17 December 1994, London, England "Definitely an antidote to all those cheeky, chipper gay slogan t-shirts that have been around for the last year or two, a new range of t's from an american company called Nightsweats & T-cells run by HIV positive people certainly pull no punches they offer a hard hitting if not grim alternative (especially one with a ridiculously complicated maze with 'you are here' at one end and 'AIDS cure' at the other)."
The Plain Dealer, 23 May 1995, Mary Strassmeyer, Cleveland, Ohio "The Cleveland based company that employs only HIV positive people has just finished a specially designed t-shirt for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The white shirt has all of the Tony nominees' signatures. "This is the eighth year the organization has a shirt to be sold around the Tony Awards. And the first year it has used the Cleveland-based company. A spokeswoman said, 'It's the best yet'."
- Employment Projects
October of 1992 Nightsweats & T-cells took its first road trip. We managed to secure a street vendors license in Washington D.C. during teh weekend that The AIDS Memorial Quilt was displayed around the Washington Monument. This was how we planned to pay for the employees trip to see their friends' and lovers' panels. When we began explaining the purpose of our organization to people who bought our t-shirts we were met with one voice from people living with HIV/AIDS. "This is so cool. I would love to work on the days that I am healthy, but I cannot find anyone to employ me with my physical limitations. Do you know of anything like this in my town? Will you franchise?"
We found that there was only one other employment project for people with AIDS and it was in New York City. Our two organizations became quick and close friends. In October of 1994 at The National Skills Building Conference in Atlanta, Georgia Gil Kudrin (Nightsweats & T-cells), Barbara Small and Michael Naimy (both from Multi Tasking Services of New York) co-presented "Employment – a Treatment Option That Works". Seven people out of 2,500 attended. What some people saw as a crushing disappointment was not viewed the same by the presenters. Especially when the National Skills Building Conference the follwing year was held in Los Angeles and the Executive Director of CarePoint in Oklahoma City presented on the employment project for people living with HIV/AIDS inspired by the 1994 lecture. An then there were three.
There are now similar projects as a result of our seminars in Hartford, Connecticut; Madison, Wisconsin; Anchorage, Alaska; and West Chester County, Pennsylvania. For more information call 1-800-859-8685. Ask for Gil and find a comfortable chair. He is more than a little enthusiastic about this aspect of our work!