David Kirby’s Story

David Kirby on his deathbed, Ohio, 1990.

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David Kirby was an LGBT activist living in California during the 1980’s, before being diagnosed with AIDS. Although he had not been in contact with his family for many years, he chose to live out his remaining days in Ohio with his family. He had been taken care of in an AIDS hospice in Columbus, where Therese Frare snapped this heartbreaking photo of him with his family. He passed away in May 1990, but the photo was not released until that November.

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