Monday, December 01, 2008

World AIDS Day 2008

Watching Terry Higgins die without warning and within a few short years knowing so many beautiful young guys transform seemingly overnight into shadows of their former selves had a devastating effect on those that survived too. I used to write their names in the front of my bible - so I would not forget their names, but when the list of funerals I attended reached 50 it seemed wrong too to tally them up and I stopped counting. In recent years of course medications stopped the torrent, but im ever mindful that we never know when those dark days will return, either because hiv will mutate faster than therapy can be produced or as more likely - people don't get tested - and develop serious secondary infections that will be the first indication that anything is wrong - too late for many. Us old guys have seen the future - it does not need to be grim - But you really must heed the warnings - Play Safely - Get Tested! Its as important now as it ever was. We lost a generation of guys - and today we remember them with love and sadness that they were infected without the knowledge to protect themselves with information thats freely available today - Dont let their deaths be in Vain

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Tribute to Sylvester - By the time Sylvester died on December 16, 1988 of AIDS-related complications, he had firmly cemented his reputation as one of the most original and talented musicians to come out of the disco arena. While Sylvester represented to mainstream America the Black and gay cultural origins of disco music, his body of work included not only crucial contributions to the disco songbook, but also ballads that proved he was a versatile stylist who brought a realness and depth to all his material.