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Ruth Coker Burks on Her Five-Hankie Memoir of Caring for and Loving Gay Men With AIDS in 1980s and ’90s Arkansas

Ruth Coker Burks, shown today, cared for hundreds of people living with—and dying of—AIDS in 1980s and 90s Arkansas.Caroline Holt
    Burks in 1986, the year she began doing her AIDS work.Courtesy of Ruth Coker Burks
    Burks with Billy, her dear friend, who died in the early '90s.Courtesy of Ruth Coker Burks
    Burks (center) with Our House drag queens Sookie Simone (left) and Lena London.Courtesy of Ruth Coker Burks
    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.