epub | 1.22 MB | English | Isbn: B09323NFN6 | Author: Steven Reigns | Year: 2021
The hidden history of a vulnerable gay man whose life and death were turned into tabloid fodder.
In a small conservative Florida town in the 1980s, eight patients alleged that Dr. David Acer, their dentist, infected them with HIV. David’s gayness, along with his sickly appearance from his own AIDS-related illness, made him the perfect scapegoat and victim of mob mentality. In these early years of the AIDS epidemic, when transmission was little understood, and homophobia rampant, people like David were villainized. Accuser Kimberly Bergalis landed a People magazine cover story, while others went on talk shows and made front page news.
With a poet’s eulogistic and psychological intensity, Steven Reigns recovers the life and death of this man who also stands in for so many lives destroyed not only by HIV, but a diseased society that used stigma against the most vulnerable. It’s impossible not to make connections between this story and how the…
Category:LGBTQ+ Poetry, Poetry About Death, LGBTQ+ Biographies & Memoirs