Launched by the World Health Organization in 1988, World AIDS Day is held annually on December 1. This year, the date coincides with the third anniversary of a unique website commemorating losses to the disease in Northern California. The site offers an online database of every obituary from the Bay Area Reporter, a weekly newspaper for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Cosponsored by the BAR and the GLBT Historical Society, the site includes 10,344 notices published from 1979 to the present.
The obituaries database of the GLBT Historical Society and the Bay Area Reporter is free of charge. Visit http://obit.glbthistory.org.
It makes for a tremendously moving resource and historical artifact, bringing back to life the men of yesterday and their stories.