TALKING HART ISLAND PODCAST EPISODE 35

Episode 35 “AIDS”: Michael Bronsky

Professor, Harvard University.

“On a hot midsummer night in June of 1969, a group of police officers stormed into Greenwich Village’s tiny Stonewall Inn, one of Manhattans early gay and lesbian bars. The patrons of Stonewall revolted. For many this confrontation would eventual become known as the Gay Liberation Movement.   

As the result New York City became the rallying place for gay men throughout the country.

Beginning in the early 1980’s a terrifying and mysterious disease appeared. For the next twenty years the disease known as AIDS would eventually take the lives of over 100,000 people in New York City alone. Many would end up on Hart Island.

This is their story.