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‘A Very Eerie, Strange Time’: Remembering AIDS Before It Was Officially Identified in Spring 1981

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    1981 George Bellinger and Friends
    George Bellinger, Jr. (lower left) in D.C. in 1982 with friends, only one of whom is still alive. Courtesy of George Bellinger, Jr.
    1981.FrankPIzzoli
    Rob Kilgallen, 28, left, and Frank Pizzoli, 26, right, celebrating 1978 NYC Pride Parade.Courtesy of Frank Pizzoli
    Nora Burns with her friend David
    Nora Burns with her friend David, mid-eighties (Courtesy of Nora Burns)
    1981.PerryBrass
    Perry Brass, late 1970s.Courtesy of the subject
    1981.PhillWilson(r)wChrisBrownlie
    Phill Wilson (right) with his partner Chris Brownlie, who died in 1989.Courtesy of the subject
    A memorial story after the 1982 death of drag performer Hibiscus
    A memorial story after the 1982 death of drag performer Hibiscus.Courtesy The Harris Family Collection
    Tim Murphy

    Tim Murphy

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    Tim Murphy, based in Brooklyn, has been writing about HIV/AIDS for 25 years, for publications and organizations including TheBody, TheBodyPro, POZ, New York Magazine, The Nation, Housing Works, and Lambda Legal.