Bil Browning

Do You Know Someone Who Died of AIDS? [Open Thread]

Filed By Bil Browning | December 01, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS activism, HIV/AIDS history, personal experiences, personal memories, World AIDS Day

Note from Bil: This post originally ran in late 2009. I'm reposting it for World AIDS Day since it resulted in one of the most beautiful comment threads in the site's history. I'm hopeful several of you will share your experiences and recreate the magic.

I finally got around to reading The Advocate's take on Obama's presidency and LGBT rights this morning. While it's a good enough article chock-full of reasons why our community is angry at the aids03.jpgObama administration, the part about Larry Kramer and the passion of our activism really resonated with me.

One paragraph really made me wonder though...

Our progress is measured by the generation gaps that fracture the movement. There is a gap between the ACT UP cohort and the daughters and sons of Will & Grace (who, having escaped the worst of the plague, don't share their elders' righteous anger except when they try) -- and another between the Will & Grace generation and the Facebook generation (most of whom don't know a single person who has died of AIDS).

Do you know someone who died of AIDS? I'm not talking about your long-lost 2nd cousin twice removed that died when you were four, but a personal friend, close family member, partner, etc. Tell us your age and where you live too; I think where you live in the country will also have a large effect on the results. I'll be interested to see the responses.


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