Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the by Martin Duberman

By Martin Duberman

In December 1995, the FDA licensed the discharge of protease inhibitors, the 1st potent remedy for AIDS. For numerous humans, the drug provided a reprieve from what were a demise sentence; for others, it used to be too overdue. within the usa by myself, over 318,000 humans had already died from AIDS-related complications—among them the singer Michael Callen and the poet Essex Hemphill.

Meticulously researched and evocatively instructed, Hold Tight Gently is the distinguished historian Martin Duberman’s poignant memorial to these misplaced to AIDS and to 2 of the good unsung heroes of the early years of the epidemic.
Callen, a white homosexual Midwesterner who had moved to manhattan, turned a number one determine within the circulate to extend knowledge of AIDS within the face of willful and homophobic denial below the Reagan management; Hemphill, an African American homosexual guy, contributed to the black homosexual and lesbian scene in Washington, D.C., with poetry of searing depth and introspection.

A profound exploration of the intersection of race, sexuality, classification, id, and the politics of AIDS activism past ACT UP, Hold Tight Gently captures either a iteration suffering to deal with the lethal illness and the intense refusal of 2 males to provide in to despair.

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