By Martin Duberman
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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