Staley and his fellow TAGers thought the time between 1993 and 1995 were the worst years of the epidemic. AZT as a singular treatment was proven ineffective, and it was uncertain whether effective means to combat HIV/AIDS would ever be developed. A diagnosis of AIDS might always be the equivalent of a death sentence. But, largely due to the eff…
Jeffry J. Iovannone
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.