AIDS Affects U.$. All -- The photography and Words of Morgan Alexander

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The Photography of
Morgan Alexander
   

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CHUCK & DIANE
Ambassador Hotel, San Francisco
July 1990

Copyright © Morgan Alexander 2004

   Diane was a female impersonator, singer and dancer. She picked up men like Chuck at the club where she danced and brought them home for sex. Chuck had recently been released from jail. Diane had no conscience and bragged about all her sexual encounters. She knew she infected other people and didn't care, not about her own life or the lives of others. It was during that time that it became a felony in California for people with AIDS to have sex with others without first informing them they are infected with the AIDS virus.

   When I first met her, her body was covered with sores from Kaposi's sarcoma and the room stunk of stale bed sheets and cigarette butts. While I saw her many times, the men were always different. She finally became so ill that her parents took her home to Los Angeles where she died in 1993.

   She had no teeth in the front of her mouth. She was 29.

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