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Tales of the City

Ask Amelio


The Mere Future

Record Time


The American People

Switching Channels

Takin’ It to the Streets

Have A Ball

The Grass Is Greener


To the Editor

Pass the AZT

Deadly Dad

Stuck in the Riddle

Survey Says...

Let’s Talk About Sex

Name Game

Vive la France!

Gets His Goat

Going Downtown? Dam It

Dr. Dementia

Voices Carry


And Now For Something Entirely Fiction

Tita Aida

Death Becomes Her

In the Hot Seat

Oh, Viagra!

You Can’t Take It With You

Clean and Sober

Know Your Writes

Pills, Chills and Thrills

TB or not TB

Move It!

Risky When Rushed

It’s All About the Journal

Heart of the Matter

Stink Balms

Angel and Insects

Pier 48

Say What

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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August 1998


by Staff

Billy Ray Blasingame died of AIDS March 5 at the Zen Center Hospice in San Francisco. He was 55. A California transplant from Texas, Blasingame got a master’s degree in education before climbing Bank of America’s corporate ladder to the rung of vice presidency. But Blasingame’s vocation was tennis: He was a top-ranking member of the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Federation. Despite bouts of illness, Blasingame won the Consolation C-Singles Finals in 1996.

Blasingame’s cremains were joined with those of his partner, Brian Jones, whose death preceded Blasingame’s by two years, nearly to the day.

Steve Smith, 38, award-winning broadcaster and president of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, passed away after an April 6 drug overdose. The chorus’ managing director, Peter Massey, said that he believed Smith’s suicide was the result of addiction rather than his serostatus. “Steve had the ability to overcome many demons, including HIV,” Massey said. “But drugs got the better of him.” Smith’s overdose followed 90 days of sobriety.

A chorus member since 1989, Smith helped create the group’s documentary about its Eastern European tour, Out Loud.

“Smith lived in the fast lane,” said Massey. “But he was a very good driver. His suicide made all of us face some hard realities.”

Danny Ray Snook, Jr, died of AIDS March 12. In addition to working at Crystal Springs Water, the 32-year-old also volunteered in the library of Atlanta’s AIDS Survival Project. According to his partner, Matt Ramsey, Snook had a passion for music, a love for animals and an ear for interesting conversation. “He loved lively chats with new people,” said Ramsey. Snook’s favorite time of day was early morning, which he spent with his beloved dog, Misha. To Snook’s mother, “Danny was the brightest candle in the world.”

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