The Plague Years, in Film and Memory
" ‘Remember when they burnt those people’s house down?’ Spencer Cox asks.
We are at a reunion dinner for about half a dozen people at a restaurant on the edge of Soho. I haven’t seen him since the mid-1990s. He looks unwell. It’s late September, 2012. On Nov. 30 we’re on a panel together for World AIDS Day at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. By Dec. 18 he is dead.
I don’t remember, so I look it up when I get back to D.C. In 1987, in Arcadia, Florida, Clifford and Louise Ray’s house mysteriously burned to the ground after a court ordered the local schools had to admit their HIV-positive hemopheliac sons, despite community objections. Other families had already been pulling their kids out of the school, which also faced multiple phoned-in bomb threats. The family decided their only option was to give up and leave town…”
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