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Thomas A. Hannan (1950 - June 4, 1991)

Thomas A. Hannan was an an actor and singer who was a founder of Community Research Initiative and of the People With AIDS health group. He died on June 4, 1991, at his home in Manhattan. He was 40 years old.

He died of AIDS, said his companion, Carl Goodman.

Mr. Hannan was active in Community Research Initiative's sponsorship of research into drugs to treat AIDS and in the effort of People With AIDS to obtain drugs lacking Federal approval for victims of the disease.

He was born in Weehawken, N.J., graduated from Harvard University and attended Fordham Law School. He acted in musical comedies and children's theater in New York and elsewhere and sang with opera companies in Germany and Austria.


AIDS Quilt

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/06/06/obituaries/thomas-a-hannan-entertainer-40.html

Further Readings:

Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality by Patrick Moore
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (January 14, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080707957X
ISBN-13: 978-0807079577
Amazon: Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality

The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex.

Lifting the'veil of AIDS,' Moore recasts the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s as both groundbreaking and creative-provocatively comparing extreme sex to art. He presents a powerful yet nuanced snapshot of a maligned, forgotten era. Moore rescues gay America's past, present, and future from a disturbing spiral of destruction and AIDS-related shame, illustrating why it's critical for the gay community to reclaim the decade.



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