"You must know this, because it matters. Because it has already changed your life and you may not even realize it."
These are the words from Mark S. King on his website My Fabulous Disease, where he talks about the creation of The Denver Principles. He begins by setting the stage: The year was 1983, a year after Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) became the fearful nameplate for the murderer of gay friends and lovers. HIV had only been identified a few months earlier, and amidst this atmosphere of unremitting grief and fear a group of activists met in Denver as part of a gay and lesbian health conference. Among them were a dozen men with AIDS, and they were about to do something that would change the public's response to AIDS— and health care in general— forever.
The moment occurred at the end of the conference when these activists were asked to address the attendees. Rather than having a report presented about the state of the AIDS crisis, they spoke for themselves. Here's how King relays that scene:
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