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Randy Shilts was a pioneering gay American journalist and author. He worked as a freelance reporter for both The Advocate and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as for San Francisco Bay Area television stations.
Born: August 8, 1951, Davenport, Iowa, United States
Died: February 17, 1994, Guerneville, California, United States
Education: University of Oregon
Buried: Redwood Memorial Gardens, Guerneville, Sonoma County, California, USA
Buried alongside: Daniel R. Yoder
Find A Grave Memorial# 7739804
Movies: And the Band Played On
Awards: Stonewall Book Award, GLAAD Media Visibility Award, Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Studies
Siblings: Gary Shilts

Guerneville, 95446 is an historic logging town located in the Russian River Valley that became a resort destination in the late XIX century -- an economy that declined in the 1960s. Beginning in the late 1970s, gays and lesbians from San Francisco began visiting the area again for weekend recreation. Daniel R. Yoder (1952-1995) and Randy Shilts (1951-1994) are buried near each other at Redwood Memorial Gardens (Guerneville, CA 95446). Yoder’s tombstone reads: "No one could have a better Friend." Randy Shilts. Randy Shilts was a Journalist, author and AIDS activist. He is the author of "The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk" (1982), "And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic" (1987), and "Conduct Unbecoming: Lesbians and Gays in the U.S. Military" (1993). Shilts meticulously researched and courageously reported the real story behind AIDS, often running afoul of AIDS lobbying groups who accused him of being a traitor to the gay community. Diagnosed with HIV in 1987, Shilts succumbed to an AIDS related illness in 1994. 

Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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