Gay History

Signposts of a pandemic: Life magazine, July 1985

By Scott Ross

I can still vividly recall my absolute fury on seeing this appalling Life magazine cover in a grocery store in the summer of 1985.

The editors might just as well have written, “Now It’s Not Just Killing Worthless Faggots.” Still one of the most shamefully bigoted, jaw-droppingly insensitive things I’ve ever seen on a national level.

Text copyright 2013 by Scott Ross

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