Terijo, I can’t thank you enough for the mention. In the bad old days of the 1990s before effective treatment came out, we activists were down in the trenches fighting, determined to somehow hold onto hope.

Although we were angry at some of our government leaders, by the early 90s, at least a semblance of bipartisan support existed in Washington for fighting HIV.

What’s happening now is like a retreat the worst days of the Reagan era, when HIV was totally ignored by the powerful and the privileged.

We’re going back to those days right now.

Trump and Pence are dragging us back fast, and nobody’s stopping them.

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

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