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Body Counts

A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival
Strub, Sean O'Brien (Book - 2014 )
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The political activist and founder of POZ magazine recounts his experiences as a politically astute Georgetown student during the height of the AIDS epidemic, his own transforming diagnosis with HIV and his efforts as the executive director of the Sero Project.

Simon and Schuster
Sean Strub, founder of the groundbreaking POZ magazine, producer of the hit play The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, and the first openly HIV-positive candidate for U.S. Con­gress, charts his remarkable life—a story of politics and AIDS and a powerful testament to loss, hope, and survival.

As a politics-obsessed Georgetown freshman, Sean Strub arrived in Washington, D.C., from Iowa in 1976, with a plum part-time job running a Senate elevator in the U.S. Capitol. He also harbored a terrifying secret: his attraction to men. As Strub explored the capital’s political and social circles, he discovered a parallel world where powerful men lived double lives shrouded in shame.

When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s, Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending “more funerals than birthday parties.” Scared and angry, he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes readers through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the activist organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time.

From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol’s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub’s story crackles with history. He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the home of U.S. Sen­ator Jesse Helms. Body Counts is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era, with an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono.

By the time a new class of drugs transformed the epidemic in 1996, Strub was emaciated and covered with Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions, the scarlet letter of AIDS. He was among the fortunate who returned, Lazaruslike, from the brink of death.

Strub has written a vital, inspiring memoir, unprecedented in scope, about this deeply important period of American history.

Authors: Strub, Sean O'Brien
Statement of Responsibility: Sean Strub
Title: Body counts
a memoir of politics, sex, AIDS, and survival
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Characteristics: x, 420 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
unmediated
Media Type: volume
Notes: Includes index
Subject Headings: Strub, Sean O'Brien Health AIDS (Disease) Patients United States Biography AIDS activists United States Biography Gay men United States Biography
Topical Term: AIDS (Disease)
AIDS activists
Gay men
ISBN: 9781451661958
1451661959
Branch Call Number: B Strub S
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