Karen Ocamb

AIDS at 30: President Reagan with KS

Filed By Karen Ocamb | June 03, 2011 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Politics, The Movement
Tags: ACT UP, HIV/AIDS, Ronald Reagan

How angry were AIDS activists at President Ronald Reagan for ignoring the burgeoning AIDS crisis? This photoshopped image I shot of Reagan with Kaposi's Sarcoma lesions plastered on walls lining some New York City streets during the 25th anniversary of Stonewall is one indication.

Photo below.


(Crossposted at LGBT POV)

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Eric Payne | June 3, 2011 3:48 PM

There are still, living among us, those persons who would simply have died, unnoticed and alone, had President Reagan had his way.

Ultimately, President Reagan died bed-ridden and wearing a diaper, gaining sustenance through IVs and baby food, possibly even believing his beloved "Mommy", his nickname for his wife, was actually his Mommy.

Kharma. It's a bitch.

I used to own one of these posters. A friend in NYC sent it to me in the mail. I had no idea Karen had taken the photo. Small world indeed.

Thanks, Karen, for reminding us of Reagan and his ultimate example of human callousness. As the legacy of Reagan gets rubbed and scrubbed by the passage of time, even by our own illustrious champion (cough, cough!) currently in the White House, I hope his bigoted refusal to react to the AIDS epidemic does not get right-washed and straight-washed out of the history books.

You have every reason to be proud of this photo, Karen -- and I am sure that it was used by permission and every poster of it in NYC includes a photo credit to you in small lettering at the bottom!

Or at least we can wish.