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“People Want to Say Something”: Remembering AIDS Ribbon Cocreator Patrick O’Connell (1953-2021)

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O'Connell photographed at home in 2007.Barbara Nitke
    Liza Minnelli poses while wearing a small red AIDS awareness ribbon pinned near her left shoulder
    Singer Liza Minnelli sported a red ribbon while attending the World AIDS Day "Light for Rights" at Washington Square Park on December 1, 2010 in New York City. Andrew H. Walker via Getty Images
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    In 2007, the George W. Bush Administration commemorated World AIDS Day by hanging a massive red ribbon from the North Portico of the White House. It was the first time a U.S. president had taken this step.Win McNamee via Getty Images
    Tim Murphy

    Tim Murphy


    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.