Some Are Saying Good-bye to Reagan; I Say
America mourned Ronald Reagan, gay
activists struck a discordant note on
Sunday, lamenting his alleged
insensitivity to AIDS when it struck
devastatingly during his presidency.
Ironically, they noted, Reagan died on
Saturday aged 93 of Alzheimer's disease
on the 21st anniversary of the first
official report of five gay men in Los
Angeles who were suffering from a rare
form of pneumonia - the first recognized
cases of what would later be called the
deadly Aids virus.
The report was issued on June 5, 1981
by the US Center for Disease Control.
"That is ironic, it certainly will
forever tie those two issues together,"
said Jeffrey Prang, a city councilor in
West Hollywood, a gay-dominated Los
"I have a feeling that an awful lot of
gay people are going to be cheering, that
'Ding-dong! The wicked witch is dead,'"
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