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The then US Health Secretary announced the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The BBC has a video to mark that anniversary through the eyes of a survivor from that time.

Date: 2009-04-24 03:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swankyjournal.livejournal.com
Thanks Roy - Like so many of us I remember those early days. I've lost so many friends from college and the early days of NYC. I wonder if the younger generation really has an understanding of how hard we were hit in the 80's and how hopeless the situation was back then. I did a musical back in NYC called "History Remembers." The recording features some of the last work of a very dear and talented friend Dean X Johnson, who facilitated from a hospital bed in St. Vincents. He died shortly after we completed the recording. Fortunately, his work remains because he was a prolific arranger and composer, many pieces still being performed in gay choruses across the country. Love, John

Youngins

Date: 2009-04-24 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] euchreman.livejournal.com
I don't think the younger generation has a clue what it is was like to lose so many people to AIDS. I think again, there are people making decision like they are bullet proof. Even though some people have, it is sad to think we lost all those people and yet is some respects, it hasn't changed our behavior.

Date: 2009-04-25 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inbhirnis.livejournal.com
Yeah - it's quite a moving piece of video.

Being from a remote, repressed part of the world, this did not touch me until I arrived here in 1986. One of my dear friends at UCLA at the grad dorm was an art historian who worked part time at the Getty in Malibu. He didn't make it past 30.

Here's to you, Wade:

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Wow

Date: 2009-04-24 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] euchreman.livejournal.com
Only 25 years??? seems like so much longer than that.

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