Daily Archives: May 26, 2008

Remembrance of Our Dead – The War With AIDS Isn’t Over

“The History Of AIDS In America
Has Been One Of Denial & Suppression…”

Silence = Death/David Wojnarowicz
Remembrance of Our Dead

Wallace Shawn reads from Vito Russo’s Celluloid Closet

AIDSGATE Commemorative Stamp

Memorial Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. I don’t know many veterans since many of my friends are gay or lesbian and cannot openly serve in the military. The only legitimate and significant war I have personally experienced been the War Against AIDS. From this day forward, Memorial Day will be a day I will remember those I’ve lost in this war and I invite everyone else to join me.

Sitting and trying to think of the countless people I have encountered in my life who have died from this still stigmatizing disease is a daunting task. Above are some of the names of friends and acquaintances who have touched our lives (Vincenzo and myself) in some way. [I’ve gotten up out of bed and updated the list twice already. I don’t think this is a realistic task for one day.]

This April I have been HIV+ for 24 years – half of my life. Through the years I have begun to have days when I think of the disease only perhaps once or twice a day, but not a single day goes by that I’m not reminded of my mortality at least once – probably due to my adherence to my meds. Then I remember those I’ve lost. I encourage people to share names of their loved ones who have died of AIDS- reminding America of the indignities and indifference they had experienced.

Image citings:

Silence = Death & AIDSGATE – Gran Fury
David Wojnarowicz
Vito Russo

Other similar postings:

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The Ban on HIV/AIDS Immigration