Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival

Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival Author Sean Strub
ISBN-10 1451661967
ISBN-13 9781451661965
Year 2014-09-09
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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The founder of POZ magazine shares a captivatingeyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic Next and a moving multi decade memoir of one gay mans life San Francisco Chronicle As a politics obsessed Georgetown freshman Sean Strub arrived in Washington DC from Iowa in 1976 with a plum part time job running a Senate elevator in the US Capitol He also harbored a terrifying secret his attraction to men As Strub explored the capitals political and social circles he discovered a parallel world where powerful men lived double lives shrouded in shame When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending more funerals than birthday parties Scared and angry he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research Strub takes you through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP the organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhols Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements Strubs story crackles with history He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St Patricks Cathedral as well as at the home of US Senator Jesse Helms With an astonishing cast of characters including Tennessee Williams Gore Vidal Keith Haring Bill Clinton and Yoko Ono is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era A page turner with the suspense and horror of Paul Monettes memoir Borrowed Time and the drama of Larry Kramers play The Normal Heart What a lot of actionand lifethere is in this gripping book The Washington Post

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