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  •  Sad to say... (3+ / 0-)
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    During the 1996 display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, I found a panel with his picture on it. He passed away in 1992.

    I left NYC in 1980 and did not stay in touch with many of my friends afterwards. He'd been through a great deal in his youth and later on. He came out when he was very young. That was not a fortunate thing to have done in the pre-Stonewall era. He'd been rejected by his family and was barely speaking to them when we met in 1977. I last saw him in either 1985 or 1986. At the time had been clean and sober for a year. I'm glad I ran into him when I did; he seemed very happy and had apparently had a reconciliation with his parents.

    Roger and I were virtual twins; he was born on June 4th, I on May 26th. When the famous picture was taken he'd only just turned 18...and you will recall that in 1969 the legal drinking age in New York State was 18. It wasn't raised to 21 until the mid-70's...not that it wasn't easy to get into bars if you were underage back then. Particularly if you were as goodlooking as Roger was.

    •  I'm sorry. (3+ / 0-)
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      After posting that I regretted the question, fearing that might be the answer.

      Thanks for sharing his story.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:53:07 PM PST

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    •  I started experiencing the shock (2+ / 0-)
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      when without searching out, but just walking through a complete display of the Aids Quilt in DC before it became too big to show it all I encountered panels of two students I had known at Haverford College.  One had been out there, there other had not, and in fact had briefly date my wife's next younger sister.   I also encountered several people I had known in NYC, and then there were the quilts for famous people such as Max Robinson and Terry Dolan, the latter having been a right-wing activist (NCPAC).

      I suppose there was/is a panel for Roy Cohn as well?

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:55:19 PM PST

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