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Leah McElrath @leahmcelrath
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“To speak now...about the Bush admin’s lack of response to the AIDS crisis is not about dishonoring the man’s death, but about honoring the deaths of others who were equally beloved to their communities, but far from equal in power...”

By @thegarance…
This excellent @thegarance piece features an embedded video of an @actupny protest outside of HW Bush’s vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

It’s worth watching and brought back memories of a lot of similar protests I attended.

We were so young.

Many of us did not survive.
.@hilaryr says it well:

“This was our reality: We were kids and our friends were dying and the government was ignoring it because they were gay. He just didn’t lead at a time when we were desperate for leaders.”

Story by @liamstack…
To give you a sense of how young AIDS and LGBT rights activists were during the George H. W. Bush era, this is me back then.

We were so young.

Many, many beautiful, courageous, and creative gay men did not survive.

We will never know what they might have brought to the world.
Large swaths from within two generations of gay men were wiped out.

Approximately 200,000 from 1981-1993.

Just think about that. The impact of the loss. Not only at a personal level, but for the LGBTQ community and culture and for the nation as a whole.

Powerful @MotherJones photo essay about the first AIDS hospice center in the early 1990s

As George H.W. Bush is remembered, please also remember our dead. They too were beloved.

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