August 8, 1983: The Legacy of Gay Activist and “KS Poster Boy” Bobbi Campbell

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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7 Responses

  1. Allegra Carson says:

    Does anyone know what happened to Bobby Hilliard? I’ve done a lot of digging, but can’t find out what happened to him after Bobbi Campbell died.

    • Will Kohler says:

      I can do some asking around

    • Will Kohler says:

      There is an AIDS Memorial Quilt panel for Bobby Hilliard so he too was a victim of the disease. And he has a remembrance in The Circle of Friends in the AIDS Memorial Grove. I cannot find the specific date of his death. But the way the plague spread then it was probably no more than 2 year after his lover.

  2. kathy rostkoski says:

    It is amazing to look back at the 1980’s to see how things were back than for people who aids. My brother died of aids back in 1992. He was diagnosed with pcp in 1989. He wrote a column in the Seattle Times, called “living with Aids”. There are so many amazing stories out there.

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