Hold Tight Gently Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS

ISBN-10: 1595589457

ISBN-13: 9781595589453

Edition: 2014

Authors: Martin Duberman

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In December 1995, the FDA approved the release of protease inhibitors, the first effective treatment for AIDS. For countless people, the drug offered a reprieve from what had been a death sentence; for others, it was too late. In the United States alone, over 318,000 people, most of them gay men, were dead from AIDS-related complications--among them the singer Michael Callen and the poet Essex Hemphill.Meticulously researched and evocatively told, The Battlefield of AIDS is historian Martin Duberman's poignant memorial to those lost to AIDS and to two unsung heroes of the early years of the epidemic. Callen, a white gay Midwesterner who moved to New York, became a leading figure in the organized effort to fight the disease; Hemphill, an African-American gay man in Washington, D.C., contributed to the black gay and lesbian flowering of the Second Harlem Renaissance. Both men died at the age of 38. A profound exploration of the intersection of race, sexuality, class, and identity during the AIDS epidemic's bleakest years, The Battlefield of AIDS captures both a generation struggling to cope with the deadly disease and the extraordinary refusal of two men to give in to despair.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 3/18/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 358
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

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