Shilts, Randy

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Shilts, Randy Gender: M
Randy Martin Shilts
born on 8 August 1951 at 21:17 (= 9:17 PM )
Place Davenport, Iowa, 41n31, 90w35
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Przybylowski
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American writer, a journalist and the author of a groundbreaking best-seller, "And The Band Played On," 1987, an expose and report on the situation of AIDS in the U.S.

On the day that Shilts finished "Band," he had a doctor appointment, at which he was told that he himself was HIV+. The gripping story was made into a TV special drama that played in September 1993. That year he published "Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military."

One of three boys from a conservative family background, Shilts announced to his family that he was gay when he was 20. He graduated the head of his class from the University of Oregon in 1975 and went to work for the Advocate, a gay and lesbian magazine.

With a wasting illness, he went into the hospital with a collapsed lung in January 1993, where he spent two months. On 5/31/1993, he and his lover Barry Barbieri, a film student, had a commitment ceremony.

Shilts died of AIDS in Guerneville, California on 2/17/1994.

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  • Social : End a program of study 1975 (Graduated from Univ. of Oregon)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1987 (Hit "And the Band Played On" released)
  • Health : Medical procedure January 1993 (Lungs collapsed, hospitalized for two mos.)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Other Relationship 31 May 1993 (A commitment ceremony with lover Barry Barbieri)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Social : Great Publicity September 1993 (TV drama of his life released)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death by Disease 17 February 1994 in Guerneville (AIDS, age 42)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

B.C. in hand, from Stephen Przybylowski


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Aids (Terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Two brothers)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (Committed to one partner in latter years)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex
  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Journalist)