Saturday July 5, 2008
Jesse Helms has died at age 86.
Any gay person who survived the darkest days of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and ’90s will forever remember the former U.S. senator with utter revulsion.
He led the chorus of those who blamed gays and their “degenerate” behavior for the disease, and he did his best to prevent any sort of funding for prevention and research.
In his opinion, gay people were “"weak, morally sick wretches.”
It’s no exaggeration to say that his actions (and inactions) helped lead to the deaths of thousands of people.
Like Ronald Reagan and so many other right-wing “heroes,” he was a cold-blooded homophobic bigot.
The world is a much, much better place without Mr. Helms.
Someone should paint a swastika on his grave.
Better yet, smash it to bits.
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