The Gay Pride Quilt and What it Represents, Ryan Field Books

 The Gay Pride Quilt and What it Represents

I’m using the word Gay here because as I recall from personal experience AIDS mostly affected gay men, at least here in the US. Maybe in the UK. I’m not sure about that. But I am sure about what happened in the US. Yes, a few straight people got it through transfusions and sex, but it was mostly concentrated on gay men and it wasn’t an LGBTQIA “thing.” The word “queer” was a HUGE pejorative at that time. Gay marriage was only a dream in the distance. Comedians made jokes about us and what little representation we had was based on stereotypes and cultural appropriation from actors like Billy Crystal. Life was much different for everyone under the LGBTQIA umbrella back then.

AIDS changed the lives of all gay men. I wasn’t old enough to experience what happened to club life, but I know one gay man who was around back then and he wouldn’t even drink out of the glasses at a gay bar. Of course, this was before people knew how AIDS could be transmitted. But there was a strong underlying tone of panic almost everywhere until we did find out. 

Gay men were dying. St. Vincent’s hospital in NYC, which isn’t there anymore, was overwhelmed with gay men who had AIDS. So I wanted to focus on the AIDS quilt during Pride month. I remember when it started but I’m not sure about all the details. 

Cleve created the first panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt in memory of his friend Marvin Feldman. In June of 1987, Jones teamed up with Mike Smith, Gert McMullin and several others to formally organize the NAMES Project Foundation.

Here’s more. Of course 1987 was the height of the AIDS crisis. It’s an excellent website and article rich with all kinds of history.

Don’t Be Afraid of Virginia’s Woolf

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Once Upon a Castle by Ryan Field

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”

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“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
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