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Daniel Warner (June 14, 1955 - June 14, 1993)

Daniel P. Warner was the co-founder and executive director of the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, an organization that provided care for people living with AIDS; and the program director of West Hollywood CARES. He also organized the National Candlelight March in 1983 and 1990 and served as a health educator for the City of West Hollywood. In addition, Warner acted as a consultant on two television movies about AIDS, Our Sons on ABC and the Emmy award-winning An Early Frost on NBC. In 1991, in recognition of his service to the community, Warner was given Los Angeles Shanti's first Daniel P. Warner Commitment to Service Award, Los Angeles County's Community Service Award, and a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate.

Daniel Warner was born on June 14, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Los Angeles in 1976, where he attended the California Institute of the Arts and the University of California, Los Angeles. In the 1980s, Warner contracted HIV, and began writing extensively about his experience living with HIV/AIDS. In 1987, he moved to San Francisco, but continued to spend most of his time in Southern California. He returned to San Francisco permanently in 1991 and lived there with his partner, Matt Satterlund, until he died on June 14, 1993.

His papers are held at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives: Diaries, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, videocassettes and personal information, 1980-1994, of Daniel P. Warner, AIDS educator and co-founder of the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation. Materials in this collection primarily concern Warner's experience living with HIV and AIDS from the 1980s to the time of his death in 1993.


AIDS Quilt




Source: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8v125jm/

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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