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Sen. Thomas Duane’s Absolutely Amazing Senate Floor Speech on AIDS

If you’ve got twenty minutes, watch Sen. Thomas Duane’s speech on the New York Senate floor. At 3am, the openly gay HIV-positive commanded the attention of his colleagues with a, let’s say, “spirited” message about how he can “save lives.” Duane’s demand: Cap “shelter costs” (rent and utilities) at no more than 30 percent of income for those with HIV and AIDS, whose incomes could be better spent on live-saving drugs. Was his speech responsible for the bill’s passage of 52-1? Perhaps. But it’s worth listening to for Duane’s colorful reliving of the 80s AIDS epidemic — and seeing a politician not just stand up for what he believes in, but for standing up for the well-being of average citizens.