Michael Callen

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Leading AIDS activist Michael Callen single-handedly redefined the public's concept of a person with AIDS after his diagnosis with the disease in 1982 by giving speeches, writing articles, appearing on…
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Leading AIDS activist Michael Callen single-handedly redefined the public's concept of a person with AIDS after his diagnosis with the disease in 1982 by giving speeches, writing articles, appearing on national television, giving interviews, organizing within the community, campaigning, and singing at a tempo that would exhaust most healthy people. His political efforts have been chronicled in Randy Shilts' classic book, And the Band Played On. His musical output is nothing less than amazing, and includes recording two albums as one of the Flirtations (see listing). His debut solo release was recorded six years after Callen was diagnosed with HIV, had established the PWA Coalition, and testified at congressional hearings on AIDS.