I urge everyone to not only read the teaser for this article but to follow the link and read what Larry Kramer has to say. Mr. Kramer has been one of the true heroes of the AIDS crisis.
While AIDS isn’t much talked about in the transsexual and transgender communities I remember the 1980 when I lost transsexual/transgender sisters and brothers to AIDS along with gay male friends and even a couple of IV drug using friends.
I remember preaching safer sex to sisters who were doing sex work and cringing when I saw them giving hormone shots to each other, sharing a common set of works.
I want this article to break your heart. But it deals with a subject that has had a tough time of it in the break-everyone’s-heart department. I’ll bet that a number of you will be more angry at me than sympathetic by the time you finish reading it. If indeed you finish reading it.
From its very beginning, most people have not wanted to know the truths about AIDS. This is an indisputable fact that continues until this very minute. I have been on the front lines since Day 1, so I know what I’m talking about.
Here are 10 realities about AIDS, and I’ve learned them the hard way:
1. AIDS is a plague — numerically, statistically and by any definition known to modern public health — though no one in authority has the guts to call it one.
2. Too many people hate the people that AIDS most affects, gay people and people of color. I do not mean dislike, or feel uncomfortable with. I mean hate. Downright hate. Down and dirty hate.
3. Likewise, both people who don’t have sex the way they do (if they have it at all) and people who take drugs in order to feel better in a world that they find wretched are considered two highly expendable populations by the powerful forces that control this world.
4. AIDS was allowed to happen. It is a plague that need not have happened. It is a plague that could have been contained from the very beginning.
5. It is a plague that is not going to go away. It is only going to get worse.
Go read what Larry Kramer has to say: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/01/14/larry.kramer.aids/