As community activist Lou McCallum writes: At this meeting, the Health Minister, Neal Blewett, made it clear that the Federal Government was prepared to denote a formal role for the community sector in the AIDS response if they were willing and capable to undertake this. It was westablished at a grassroots level by people within the gay community and was entirely volunteer run. Coco also has trouble with all the modern technology from iPads to DVRs: Somers, of course, went on to star for seven seasons on the hit sitcom Step By Stepwrote dozens of health, beauty and cookbooks and become a hugely successful entrepreneur.
No-one knew how quickly or how far the epidemic would spread, and the only thing that seemed clear was a link between gay men and this new disease.
Twitter Facebook. And I was envisioning them as being quite drastic, because it seemed to me that it heralded the potential destruction of the community altogether. Yet it seems for a number of reasons, these appeals have been ignored…It was not so long ago in our history that patients suffering other socially-unacceptable, contagious diseases, such as tuberculosis and leprosy, were locked away for what was considered the community good.
A Reader, Routledge, New York.