Sunday, January 23, 2011
Back in the 1980's, a new disease became very, very relevant, very, very quickly. I remember hearing about Liberace dying, and the news reports being hazy about the type of disease he had. Then, Rock Hudson battled the same disease, dying not long after. In both cases, they contracted the disease because of their gay lifestyles. The disease was finally given a name AIDS.
Liberace being gay probably surprised nobody. But, Rock Hudson? The man was the star of many "manly" movies, and seemed like a bad-ass. It was shocking, depressing, and sad. The live-loose lifestyle of the late 70's and early 80's came into question rather quickly. Things changed.