A thread for us survivors of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and soon the noughties.

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    Apr 16, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    Sorry to you guys who were born after 1970, as this really doesn't include you.

    For those of us old enough to of survived the 70s, 80s, 90s, and soon the naughties. What were you doing in the 80's when news of AIDS broke?

    I myself was working in the eye of the storm, at a gay bathhouse, one of the placers many got infected. We know how such placers work.

    Now I put the 70's in this, as this is when many first got infected. but had no idea.

    I was working in a gay bathhouse, and being a country lad, with big shoulders, chest arms and legs, and still calves to die for. I was very popular, and ,any of my sexual experiences come to pass during this time; if was a fucking good time, free sex was alive and well (something those who were born after 1970, do not know) herpes was all we really had to worrie about.

    Then for me the head of the VD clinic in Melbourne at that time is also a homosexual, and he used to come in to the bathhouse, and do free blood tests. One time he come in and he told us: something is going down in the USA, and no-one wants to talk about it? He informed us lots of homosexuals were just dying.

    So we had a year to talk about this before it hit the news. What was it, that was causing it, what was it in the homosexual lifestyle, that was doing it?

    Then the gay plauge hit the media. The world as I knew it back then in the City I lived changed over night. The bathhouse I worked for. who would have thousands pass it's doors on a weekend, become down to may 6 for a whole weekend.

    People become drunks during that time for fear of touching and getting infected, so they sat around and looked at each other, and got drunk.

    I stayed in my job until about 1986, and thing had turned around by this time, the bathhouse numbers had picked up agin, but it was not the same.

    Well we are now almost at the end of the naughties, and I'm still HIV-.

    What were you doing when the news broke about GRIDS, the Gay Plague, AIDS?

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    Apr 16, 2009 11:59 PM GMT
    I was just a whee little gamete, one half of a diploid, residing within my parents' respective gametangiums. Good times....

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    Apr 17, 2009 12:01 AM GMT
    During these dark years of the gay community. I stood by my community, when so many others abandoned it, when running home to mom, or just went into a life of denial.

    I did not flee. I stood steadfast, by the community I supported. But I should of left, because I would never of witnessed all the going ons that I did.

    Right now I have many faces flashing though my memories, of people I once knew, and cared about. So many lost friends from AIDS.

    If I was to go out to a gay club this weekend. I'm like a new face on the scene. because so many who once knew me are now dead. Let me tell you there was a time I was well known in the gay community, and us who worked for the gay community back then, were treated like celebrities, by members of the gay community.

    But I found what I witnessed over and over again. To much, that I gave back my gay card, and when back to the bush to live, and a world of reality.

    With the rise of HIV in the gay community. We who survived this time, need to tell what we seen, and remember in a very dark time in homosexual history. The trouble is, the truth is not always nice.
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    Apr 17, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    Okay, what's the dark truth? What did you witness and why did you "turn in your card"?

    You said you stood by, but then left.
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:02 AM GMT
    Not to brag, because I was stupid myself and contracted AIDS a few years ago myself, but I was proud to have directed and edited the very first AIDS Awareness Public Service Announcements for on-air broadcast, as well as private venue (read: gay bath and gay bar) screenings in the U.S. in 1983 and 1984. At that time, I was about 26 years old, and living in the San Fernando Valley.

    They starred Zelda Rubinstein, the little woman from POLTERGIEST, as Mother. The ad concept was: "L.A. Cares. Play Safely."

    Any of you guys remember those?
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    I thought this thread was going to be about music. icon_wink.gif I lived the through the nineties and my favourite band was Oasis!

    It's an important issue though. Can you recommend any good books about the history of AIDs in the gay community? I'd like to know a bit more.
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    I am so confused by this thread so far. Who is the OP... perhaps he is on my ignore list icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:29 AM GMT
    Because this thread.. needed a quote!!

    GuerrillaSodomite saidC'mon Patty Cakes. You really need to drop the illiterate inbred routine. Most of us have figured out that "One" is just a online persona you've created to work out whatever issues you might have floating around in that deranged noggin of yours.

    I'll say this to everyone who thinks they might rise to the bait he has laid out. 1) having exchanged multiple e-mils with him over the last year I can tell you his spelling, grammar and command of the English language is actually impeccable when he's not in character. 2) The observations he makes in posts don't actually reflect what he himself believes. He is just throwing discussion grenades into a crowded room to see what moron throws himself on one. Again, this has been confirmed through my own e-mail exchanges with him, and those of others that have exchanged e-mails with him.

    This concludes this emergency public service announcement. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    When one quote is never enough!!

    jprichva saidI have not exchanged e-mails with him, nor would I care to.

    My objection isn't that he's illiterate, or that constant "One" business, it's that he is so desperate for attention that he manages to make every thread he contributes to about himself. He has exactly six things to say, and has said them a thousand times.:
    1. He is "pure" homosexual, which sounds a lot like "pure" Aryan.
    2. He hates the gay community, and has given back his gay card, whatever the fuck that means.
    3. He is an aristocrat. His exact title, I believe, is the Duke of Gibberish.
    4. He is the only fag in the village. Again, whatever this means.
    5. He has two husbands, though neither of them live nearby, and they both love him to bits. Deranged fantasy? Probably, but who cares.
    6. He hates Democrats and thinks he knows something about US politics. He doesn't, but it doesn't stop him from telling us all he does because he went to Utah once or something.

    And that's it. Over and over, repeatedly, ad nauseam.

    these are both from http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/492248/ and have been quoted without permission..
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    I have to admit that I, too, have exchanged a few personal emails with Pattison, and although I don't agree with many of his postings, in the emails to me he was polite, considerate, and thoughtful. If I'm ever lucky enough to visit the Land of Oz (as he calls it) it'd be a pleasure to buy the man a beer, and maybe show off some of my bullwhip and stockwhip skills!
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:43 AM GMT
    Thank you, lilTanker. I be a bit slow sometimesicon_smile.gif
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    Apr 17, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    Oh! And you can tell from my age bracket that I remember when safe sex meant not getting caught by his parents!