Readers are welcome to search his name on adamfoxie*s own search for the library of articles on him.
There are about three or four of them, not complimentary. He was a closet gay man who was Mayor of NYC during the start of the HIV epidemic. That’s how some of us will remember him. Came in with a high popularity among the LGTB community in NYC. He kept his word with promises he had made the community. Then a gay man him self turned against his community when the HIV epidemic hit NYC.
I think as a gay man who was always seen going home alone for the cameras and reporters and in public seen with some celebrity females not males, he thought there was more than one gay community. The gay community like him. Decent like him, closeted like him, doing what ever had to be done sexually alone and probably with shame, like him.
Then there was the other community that went to the gay bars and particularly bath houses. The ones that had sex down in the West village in the trucks and in the piers. That was not him and he had to protect the community like him of getting the HIV. The deadly plague the other gay community was giving away freely.
I don’t think that it ever hit him that like the white, black, hispanic. etc. communities there are only one community of each of them. There are parts of the community that are Republican, Democrat, Independent, decent and indecent. Honest and dishonest. The gay community it’s got it’s many bad apples as every other community, but never more of them. There are freaks and there are non freaks. There are some that are handsome and others that are as ugly as a monkey’s bud. Every community has it all. Yes, you pick the part of the community you want to be part of but the community that made you white, black, straight or gay on that community you had no choice. Someone or something made you born into that community. We named the community according to the traits that it showed but the traits so far you can’t change.
He was born in 1924 and became a young man during the times in which gays were invisible. He seemed to have changed when he knew he needed their gay vote to win public office. First as Congressman and then as Mayor. He seemed to enjoy the gay parade as it was called then and he enjoyed marching. First mayor to have done that.
When gay people started dying it changed everyone then and to come for ever. It changed him but only to go back to the obscurity of what gay men where in the 50’s; Where the LGTB community was invisible and was treated as such. There he stayed until today.
Adam Gonzalez for adamfoxie*blog