“AIDS pointed up the inequitable status of gays. We were forced to take care of ourselves because we learned that if you have certain diseases, certain lifestyles, you can’t expect the same services as other parts of society.” -- Rodger MacFarlane in 1983
We forget how ad hoc these AIDS organizations were in the beginning. They were founded out of desperation, in the face of deliberate policies of malign neglect from the Reagan Administration to the CDC to the insurance companies to local hospitals. Affluent professionals found themselves together with street kids in the same public hospitals dying in agony, neglect, and destitution in those days.
I remember, and I will never forget or forgive.