Heroes of Election '92
Occupation: Former Clinton White House adviser
Prez pick in ’00: Gore
Prez pick in ’04: Kerry
“George Bush is a war criminal when it comes to AIDS. His abstinence-only policy is a weapon of mass destruction against the people of the United States. It’s going to infect more people and cause more deaths than anything that’s happened in Iraq.
Kerry’s campaign hasn’t talked about AIDS, which worries me, because when you don’t talk about AIDS, it means you don’t talk about racism, homophobia, homelessness, substance abuse, prescription drugs or pharmaceutical companies. So the silence is unsettling. But I know that John Kerry is good on these issues.
Voting is like medicine. Not voting is like not taking our meds—it would be suicide.”
West Palm Beach, FL
Occupation: author, artist
Prez pick in ’00: I never tell.
Prez pick in ’04: I still never tell.
“The AIDS community has found nearly every way possible to immobilize its value politically. If once we were a potent, vibrant, noisy force, it now appears that our clout came less from AIDS than from the fact that we were culturally unified: We were mostly a gay and angry group. But as we have grown more diverse—sexually, economically, ethnically and politically—we’ve also become more marginalized.
What is, in fact, stunting our influence is our own refusal to break out of stereotypes and compel both major parties to take us seriously. If one party assumes they have us and one party assumes they can’t get us, neither party is going to hear our concerns and respond with passion and policies. They are both being let off the hook.”