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August 27, 2012

Mary Fisher 20 Years After Republican Convention HIV Speech

Twenty years after delivering what is now considered one of the best speeches of the 20th century, Mary Fisher continues her work as an HIV/AIDS activist, The New York Times reports. When she took the stage at the Republican National Convention in 1992, Fisher delivered a 13-minute prime-time speech disclosing her HIV-positive status to millions of people. It was the first time the Republican Party had openly dealt with the issue. Known as “The Speech” by her friends and family, it was deemed worthy for inclusion in the book Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900–1999 by 137 scholars. AIDS Is Messenger: A Self Portrait, her sixth book on AIDS and her second memoir, is scheduled to be published next month.

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Drew(Sydney), Sydney (Australia), 2012-09-09 20:27:48
It took a white, middle class, heterosexual female really make a difference. Congrats...Mary Fisher Drew xx

nvhorseman, Reno, 2012-08-29 15:30:06
Unfortunately Ms. Fisher you are correct, America has not listened. All the horrors of HIV so prevalent in 1992 have only grown, if not in number then most certainly in social relevance. We have seen "Betty Ford Republicans" trash the programs that benefitted so many. The money needed has trickled down to nothing. Sonoma, Ca. like Sedona, Az. despite per capita income far above avg. has lost its funding thru Republican cost cutting. We Americans eat our own and pick our teeth with their bones.

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