Jeffry, I also remember those as the darkest years. Despair was palpable. Keeping on was very hard.

Peter was a rock, a well of inspiration and optimism. Along with many other younger Act Up members, I all but worshipped him.

His warmth, his humor, and his loving spirit kept many of us going during the nadir of hopelessness we found ourselves submerged in.

Peter never stopped insisting that hope was just around the corner.

He was right, of course, as he was right about so many things.

Times of great crisis often produce great leaders.

Peter was one of the greatest.

I don’t hesitate to say that I loved him with all my heart during those worst of years.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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