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.

Don't forget to share:

Help make sure LGBTQ+ stories are being told...

We can't rely on mainstream media to tell our stories. That's why we don't lock Queerty articles behind a paywall. Will you support our mission with a contribution today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated