“I grew up in Oklahoma,” said Don. “I believe passionately in Oklahoma values.
Editor’s note: It’s been 30 years since the first AIDS case was reported in the United States. This is the first of a two-part history of the disease’s devastation in Oklahoma City, and the story of how a community emerged to fight back and save itself. Much of the reporting is based on Aaron L. Bachhofer’s 2006 dissertation, “The Emergence and Evolution of the Gay and Bisexual Male Subculture in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1889- 2005,” and interviews conducted this summer.