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Title Houston Voice, No. 997, December 3, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 3, 1999
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 16 OUT ON THE BAYOU DECEMBER 3, 1999 • HOUSTON VOICE Out In Print BOOK NEWS Fighting AIDS from beyond the grave by J.S.HALL The toll that AIDS has taken on the gay community is easiest measured by the hundreds of thousands of lives the virus has claimed. But what other consequences, subtler and less readily noticeable, has the pandemic inflicted upon gay men? This is one of the central issues addressed in this series of essays written by the late Robin Hardy and edited and elaborated upon by David Groff. A tireless, HIV- positive AIDS activist. Hardy ironically died in a freak hiking accident in a remote part of his beloved Arizona in 1995. Frequently exasperating, Hardy nevertheless possessed a keenly analytical mind that, combined with a certain scholarly eloquence, produced incisive work. Two of his brothers battled cystic fibrosis, so perhaps he was better prepared than most when it came to fighting for his life. "Although Hive with it daily, Ihave never believed that I must die of AIDS. I believe only that I have been told so," he wrote. Fiercely sex-positive, Hardy feared what AIDS would do to the unique sexual expressiveness of gay men, which he felt was a foundation to our "brotherhood." The "benign neglect" that research scientists inflicted on people with AIDS enraged him, as did those who believed that AIDS was over with the advent of "glamorous" sounding protease cocktails. Early in the first essay, "The Enemy of Love," his biting rhetoric all but leaps off the page: "Only the virus endures, no longer a crisis, but lingering like Muzak in the background at ghetto parades, in communities narcotized with red ribbons, busy with sentimental notions and symbolic observations that conceal the evidence of the continuing slaughter we rush to leave behind. They sing: AIDS is over. Gay men lost." To Hardy, AIDS lurks like an omnipresent phantom, driving a wedge between us. Like the negative half of a mixed sero-status relationship says, "For us, every fuck is a threesome." It lessens communication—as if by not invoking its name or presence, the virus will pass us by. In his opinion, it has fueled the drive for monogamy and gay marriage to replace "promiscuity" and multiple sex partners as the desired norm. (.Somehow this bond will magically protect us, apparently.) Hardy believed AIDS robs us of the wisdom and life experiences of most of the "gay leadership" from the Stonewall VMIiMitP PWWaiOivS presents Beautiful an urban fairytale " f j' \\f i -y by Jonathan Harvey ^1 LJP A moving and comic tale of falling in love with the boy next door. ■ Opens Thursday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Plays Thursdays through Sundays until December 12 Tickets $20 Call 713-398-7577 for tickets and more information All shows at The Little Room Downstairs 2326 Bissonnet Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. THE CRISIS OF DESIRE 0 • • * « »^« I • J * § •mi JL*.* •mm__f ROBIN HARDY days; makes us ashamed and mistrustful of our bodies; bolsters internalized homophobia; and divides us not only between the positive and the negative, but pits activists against other, more media-friendly people with AIDS. For anyone who thinks that AIDS is over—or even an especially manageable condition—"The Crisis of Desire" will be as jolting as an unexpected slap across the face. It may be that in this case, a little fear (or a lot) is a good thing. After all, as Hardy writes, some strains of HIV can become drug-resistant if one treatment dose is missed. How can anyone read the chapter "Hope Inhibited" and not become incensed at the lethargic official response to AIDS and the seemingly half-hearted "solutions"? Granted, this is with 20/20 hindsight, but it's powerful stuff, especially for those who don't know the full story or only lived on the periphery of activism at its height. And after reading "Disposal," which chronicles the state-assisted suicide of Hardy's ex-lover, Hans, in Amsterdam, the reader will be hard-pressed not to feel more positive about having the choice of self- euthanasia. "Of all the deaths I have seen— and I have seen too many—only his had dignity," Hardy wrote. For a community that has become understandably weary and numb to the carnage, Robin Hardy reaches from beyond the grave with fiery passion to remind us not to let these deaths be in vain, not to let HIV— "the antagonist of love"—win and lay ruin to everything that gay men have crafted for themselves. It's a multi-faceted wake-up call, erudite yet highly readable, that we'd do well to heed. 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