AIDS: The FTM Response and the Death of Lou Sullivan

July 4, 1989

"I've recently been diagnosed with AIDS and don't expect to be around long. And I want my story preserved. -Lou Sullivan[1]


Timeline

  • December 1986 - Lou Sullivan is diagnosed with HIV and told he has 10 months to live.
  • July 4, 1989 - Lou Sullivan's Letter to David
  • June 1990 - FTM gathering addresses issues of AIDS
  • March 2, 1991 - Lou Sullivan becomes the first FTM to die of AIDS
  • April 1991 - Lou Sullivan is Memorialized in FTM Issue 15
  • Autumn 1996 - FTM Issue 35 article: Silence=Death?

Letter to David 7/4/1989

FTM Advocacy

The First Transman to Die of AIDS

In his own words:
These rare clips[2] chronicle conversations between Lou Sullivan and Dr. Ira Pauly. Lou and Dr. Pauly recorded 4 interviews over the three years before Lou died of AIDS.

Video: Lou stuggles with AIDS 1988

Video: Lou stuggles with AIDS 1989

Video: Lou stuggles with AIDS 1990

Video: Lou on Honesty and AIDS 1988-1990

Video: Lou on AIDS and Sex 1988-1990

After his death:

References

  1. Video: Female to Gay Male Transexualism: 1 Gender and Sexual Orientation, Interview by Ira B. Pauly, University of Nevada School of Medicine, 1/12/1988 (see above)
  2. From: Female to Gay Male Transexualism, Interviews by Ira B. Pauly, University of Nevada School of Medicine, 1988 - 1990.
FTM Issue 12: June 1990

FTM Issue 12: June 1990

FTM Issue 35: Autumn 1996

FTM Issue 35: Autumn 1996

Lou Sullivan Obits in FTM

Lou Sullivan obituaries in FTM

Lou Sullivan AIDS Quilt Square

Lou Sullivan AIDS Quilt square