In the summer of 1991, we were sharing a house in the Fire Island Pines, along with Kevin Sessums, the journalist and writer who was then Staley’s boyfriend, and several others. Sessums was a close friend of mogul David Geffen, who was also on the island that summer.
One day shortly after Staley began planning the action, Geffen walked up to Staley on the beach and pressed a wad of $100 bills into his hand. It totaled $3,000. “Be careful” Geffen advised. Then Geffen made Staley promise not to divulge Geffen’s role in financing the action.
When different-minded people gather at Marnita’s Table, meaningful conversation is always the main dish
The dining room windows are foggy with conversation. Every seat, nearly every piece of floor space in Marnita Schroedl’s modest three-bedroom house in Minneapolis is occupied. Patio furniture has been pressed into February service. Guests perch on radiators and test the limits of the pet-weary sofa, juggling paper plates, plastic wine glasses, and animated discussions.
Although space is tight, the more than 50 people who have crunched through fresh snow to get here tonight don’t seem to care. They’ve come to meet six international doctors who specialize in HIV/AIDS and to meet each other. All of them have some connection to the disease. Over the next four hours, they swap stories about how it has changed their lives and their communities and grope for new strategies and answers.
A Feast of Ideas
Please remember that Saturday, December 1st is World AIDS Day. Do something.