A grim reminder of the rise of AIDS

May 25, 2014 7:05 AM

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A grim reminder of the rise of AIDS

It was considered a landmark moment in 1989 when two gay men were shown in bed on the ABC drama thirtysomething. Even though the network insisted one of the characters keep a foot on the floor at all times, numerous sponsors fled the show.

That was four years after Larry Kramer wrote the play A Normal Heart about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

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