Gay America: Sex, Politics and The Impact of AIDS
Bobbi Campbell, left, originally from Seattle, became the first person living with AIDS to come out publicly after he became the 16th person to be diagnosed in San Francisco with the still unnamed disease. He co-authored a safer-sex manual called “Play Fair,” and died in 1984.
Homosexuality: Legitimate Alternative Deathstyle | Dick Hafer
Conservative/Republican nutter and cartoonist, Dick Hafer presents a looney tale of the perils of sodomy, including golden showers, fisting, and the downfall of humanity!
Illustrated ‘FACTS’ of the Homosexual Agenda!
View if you dare!
June 29, 1986. Marchers carrying a banner and signs protesting California Proposition 64 — known as the LaRouche Initiative, after political activist Lyndon LaRouche, who proposed it — parade down San Francisco’s Market Street during the 17th annual Freedom Day Parade. The LaRouche Initiative, which was on the Nov. 4, 1986, ballot, proposed that all AIDS patients be quarantined and barred from school and food service jobs. It was rejected.
Photo: Jim Gerberich / The Associated Press
Gay Cancer, pre-GRID — precursor to the AIDS Crisis
New York Times, 1981
Castro Sweep, October 1989
What started out as a peaceful rally for federal AIDS funding at the Federal Building turned ugly when San Francisco police officers stormed the Castro in what became known as the Castro Sweep. Fully armed riot police made hundreds of arrests and people were beaten.
AIDS Memorial Quilt, October 11, 1996
Birth of the Quilt, 1985, Rink Foto.
from San Fransisco: The Making of a Queer Mecca 2009 exhibition
Curated by Julia Haas with the assistance of Jonathan D. Katz
This patchwork arrangement of names of the deceased who died from AIDS taped on the wall of the San Francisco Federal Building in 1985 inspired Cleve Jones to create the first panel of what became a year later (1986) The AIDS Memorial Quilt, and in 1987 he and several friends founded The NAMES Project Foundation.
Queer Power/Pride vs. Homophobia
I came across this sad, laughably-small contingent of homophobic ranters during the weekend in Washington DC. I don’t remember if they were solely protesting the Quilt, or gays/sodomites in general. But even with their megaphone and placards, no one seemed to pay much attention to them.
Equality will & must prevail.
1996 NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt: Photography Retrospective
Photos by Brent Pruitt