commentary: survivors of 1980s AIDS crisis speak


via Gay Star News:

As the UK celebrates LGBT History Month, users of Reddit revealed what it was like to be living in what felt like a constant state of tragedy.

Real LGBTI people remember the confusion, the lack of information, the lack of support from the government because of the suffering from the virus known only at the time as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).

‘I’m a 62-year-old gay man. I thankfully made it through the epidemic that started in the early 80s and went right through the mid-90’s. You ask what it was like? I don’t know if I can even begin to tell you how many ways AIDS has affected my life, even though I never caught the virus,’ one user said.


commentary: john d’emilio on AIDS history


via Out History:

Every year, without fail, when World AIDS Day comes, my own early memories of the epidemic surface:  sitting with my two housemates/friends over breakfast in the summer of ’81 and reading aNew York Times article about the first cases of a mysterious new illness; learning from a friend about the first meetings that were happening at Larry Kramer’s place in the Village to discuss what was going on; hearing that Winston, a friend who had seemed fine when I had seen him a couple of months earlier, was dying; going to a huge forum at, I believe, Hunter College, in Manhattan, the first public event I attended about AIDS; the weekly articles in the New York Native, which everyone I knew seemed to be discussing.  By 1983, the year I left New York City, it seemed impossible to be in a group of three or more gay men and not discuss AIDS.


review: body counts: a memoir of politics, sex, aids, and survival


via GLBT Reviews (ALA):

Strub, Sean. Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival. Scribner. 2014. $30. 432p. HC. 978-1451661958.

“Powerful.” Lily Tomlin’s succinct thought on the cover of Body Counts ideally describes the book’s impact. Strub is an AIDS and LGBT activist, the founder of Poz magazine, U.S. Congressional candidate, producer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, etc. etc. His memoir covers his personal and political life during the tumultuous AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and into the 90s. Seemingly present at all of the widely-publicized movements and protests, Straub name-drops so many well-known figures that the book feels like a gay version of Forrest Gump.

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