Every AIDS Obituary

Every AIDS Obituary (from the Materials of Survival series) – starting in 1982, the Bay Area Reporter began to publish obituaries of people who had died from what would soon be known as AIDS. During the late 1980 through mid 90’s, each week, there would be dozens of obituaries, most of them from AIDS. This is a representation of the thousands of these obituaries.

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We read the obituaries as the epidemic grew Wondering whose mortality would be documented next So many deaths blended together Too much to bear Our collective mood darkened For many, the revolution of ‘96 was too late Today, an undeclared armistice The living making sense of our lives

We read the obituaries as the epidemic grew Wondering whose mortality would be documented next So many deaths blended together Too much to bear Our collective mood darkened For many, the revolution of ‘96 was too late Today, an undeclared armistice The living making sense of our lives

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Thanks to the Bay Area Reporter for allowing me to use these obituaries and the GLBT Historical Society for making the obituaries available online.

Here’s a photo of the Glitter Bomb installation of “Every AIDS Obituary”. 

Glitter Bomb - Every AIDS Obituary

Courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
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