Mark S. King

Once, When We Were Heroes

Filed By Mark S. King | December 01, 2010 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS activism, World AIDS Day

On any other day you might be excused for skipping an HIV related posting. But not today. World AIDS Day demands we pay attention to our history and what happened 30 years ago, when something terrible began and our best character emerged.

This is for you, if you were "there," and especially if you weren't. It is my tribute to us, then and now. A written transcript of this video is available on my blog, My Fabulous Disease.


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This is one of the most poignant and compelling pieces I've read/heard to commemorate this day. I ask those with Facebook accounts to please post this so your friends (and theirs) can see it.

Thank you, Mark.

Steve Crutchfield | December 1, 2010 6:11 PM

I can't stop crying. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

You're so welcome, all of you. Sometimes, a piece of writing feels like you "channeled" it. This piece doesn't even have the usual rhythm of my writing; this is more poetic than I usually get. But I have some very vivid memories to draw upon, and some old friends to guide me.

I watched this late in the afternoon while sitting at a Starbucks and started bawling. The woman who was sharing my table asked if I was okay and I showed her the video. She started to cry too and told me that her uncle had died of AIDS when she was young. So touching. I shared it as far as I possibly could.

Thank you for this Mark, this was extremely moving and so profound. You're an amazing videographer.