Gay History – August 13, 1998: For The First Time In 10 Years The Bay Area Reporter Prints No Obituaries For AIDS Victims

Twenty-two years ago this day August 13th, 1998 for the first time in over a decade The Bay Area Reporter printed no obituaries.

Every week for 10 years BAR reported dozens of deaths for gay men who succumbed to AIDS. But on August 13th, 1998 three years after the release of the first effective HIV drugs for the first time The Bay Area Reporter had no AIDS related deaths to report.

AIDS deaths in New York City also plummeted by 48 percent accelerating earlier gains attributed to improved drug therapies.

By 1998, AIDS/HIV had already killed 14 million people, mostly gay men. But now also women, and children. 

Almost an entire generation of gay men were wiped out most of whom set the groundwork and fought for the many of the rights and visibility enjoy today.


2 thoughts on “Gay History – August 13, 1998: For The First Time In 10 Years The Bay Area Reporter Prints No Obituaries For AIDS Victims

  1. Anti-Gay Crusader’s Wife Left Him… For A Woman

    Court documents reveal the wife of an anti-gay extremist left him for a woman months before he became the head of an anti-gay Texas group. Jonathan Saenz is a conservative Catholic attorney who is the president of Texas Values, an anti-abortion, anti-LGBT group “dedicated to preserving and advancing a culture of family values in the state of Texas.” In August 2011, he was hit with divorce papers from his now ex-wife, Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz, after nearly 10 years of marriage. Those court papers, obtained by Lone Star Q, reveal Rodriguez left Saenz for a woman named Ercimin Paredes.

  2. Dear Faithful America member,

    For 17 years, Colin Collette was, in the words of parishioners, a “phenomenal” music director at a Catholic parish outside Chicago.

    The church community knew Colin was gay — his partner has read scripture at Mass, and they’ve lived together for five years. Holy Family Catholic Parish has even pitched itself as “welcoming to all.”

    Two weeks ago, Colin and his partner got engaged in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Only a few days later, to the shock of those welcoming parishioners, Colin was asked to resign — and when he refused, he was fired.

    Colin describes the church as his life, but now he’s lost his job and his calling simply for marrying the person he loves. Church leaders clearly already knew that Colin was gay and in a relationship, making his firing especially unjust and hypocritical.

    Tell Chicago Archbishop: Reinstate music director fired for marrying his partner


    — Michael and Aaron

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