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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Band Plays On

Randy Shilts died 11years ago today.
Six days later, I attended a raucous memorial service in downtown SF that included a demonstration by anti-gay religious bigots.
Shilts authored ...And the Band Played On, an amazing history of the early days of the AIDS crisis and the heroes who fought to move the government and affected communities into action. (I sited the book when I wrote a piece in Tompaine.com criticizing US media for ignoring the subject of AIDS in Africa in 2000.) He also wrote The Mayor of Castro Street, a biography of the trailblazing martyr Harvey Milk.

I wonder what Randy would have thought of this article from the NY Times, "Gays Debate Radical Steps to Curb Unsafe Sex."

And this reminder from Tompaine.com:
Fewer than half the people around the world at risk for HIV have access to condoms.


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