Witnessing an Inconceivable Future

Image credit: Jump Jirakaweekul and Tomas Markevicius

In the early 1980s, growing numbers of gay men in New York and San Francisco began developing mysterious, terrifying illnesses.

Some were cancers. Others were opportunistic infections rarely seen in the United States. Soon, these men started dying. Several close friends of mine would go. Even my closest and oldest childhood friend would eventually go, too.