(March 16, 1989, New York Newsday. Image credit: Jonthan Ned Katz.)
The New York Daily News included this in their story this morning about Koch's sexuality, from his longtime nemesis:
“We must never forget that this man was an active participant in helping us to die, in murdering us,” playwright Larry Kramer wrote in 2012.
Koch’s rotten leadership on AIDS got a lot of gay men mad, the gay rumors added more fuel. That anger finally boiled over into a stunning wave of activism that saved lives – ACT UP/New York. Ironically, the lack of any openly gay or lesbian politicians back then probably helped the anger get even hotter.
History will not be kind to Koch and his shameful neglect and inaction on AIDS. There are too many dead bodies to count for anything other than a harsh assessment of how he ignored the epidemic.