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  •  That's wonderful to hear. (4+ / 0-)
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    sberel, ExStr8, Predictor, hpchicago

    And as odd as it may sound, some things didn't actually seem that hard as we were going through them.  Having known nothing better, we had pretty low expectations in some ways.  For example, pretty much no one thought gay marriage was any kind of possibility back then.  

    And as for AIDS, it was simply part of our environment.  We knew Reagan was an asshole (despite all the cult of personality shit you hear about him today), so we understood that the government wasn't interested in helping us.  So we more or less helped ourselves.  We cared for our sick friends.  We started "safe sex" education.  We got involved with in-your-face direct action groups like ACT-UP.  A lot of folks these days tend to look down on that kind of disruptive activism, but trust me, it proved to be the only thing that worked.

    I wish you and your generation the very best of luck.  You've got a hell of a lot riding on your shoulders.  But remember, my generation isn't dead yet, and we'll be doing what we've always done.  

    Maladie d'Amour, Où l'on meurt d'Aimer, Seul et sans Amour, Sid'abandonné

    by FogCityJohn on Sat Jun 19, 2010 at 02:11:45 PM PDT

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