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He Kills Me
Maker: Donald Moffett
Date Made: 1987
Place Made: United States
Measurements: 59.7 cm x 95.2 cm; 23 1/2 in x 37 1/2 in
Main Subject: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Rights; HIV/AIDS
Materials: glossy paper (fiber product)
He Kills Me. In Memory of Diego Lopez © DM, 1987
Acquisition Number: 2009-168
Diego Lopez, a social worker who was one of the first people to conceptualize the psychosocial needs of people with AIDS and their loved ones and to develop a volunteer program to provide direct service to people with AIDS. Reminiscences of Mr. Lopez, who died in 1986
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Donald Moffett, one of the founders of Gran Fury, designed this poster in response to President Ronald Reagan’s refusal to acknowledge AIDS. Although AIDS was first reported in the medical and popular press in 1981, the first year of Reagan’s presidency, it was only in October 1987 that President Reagan publicly spoke about the epidemic. By the end of that year 59,572 AIDS cases had been reported and 27,909 of those women and men had died. Reagan ignored this ever-expanding epidemic as he and others in the Republican Christian right, including television evangelists such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, defined it as a “gay” disease, and even as “God’s punishment against gays.” As a result of the reactionary social agenda of the Christian Right demonizing gays, AIDS research was chronically under-funded. When health and support groups in the gay community initiated education and prevention programs, they were denied federal funding. In October 1987 Senator Helms amended a federal appropriations bill to prohibit AIDS education efforts that "encourage or promote homosexual activity" — that is, efforts that tell gay men how to have safe sex.