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Chambers, David L. Gay Men, AIDS, and the Code of the Condom. University of Michigan Law School, 1994.

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Gallagher, John and Bull, Chris. Perfect Enemies: The Religious Right, the Gay Movement, and the Politics of the 1990s. Crown, 1996. 

Jones, Cleve. When We Rise: My Life in the Movement. Hachette Books, 2016.

Shilts, Randy. And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic. St. Martin’s Press, 1987.


“Homosexuals in revolt: The year that one liberation movement turned militant,” Life, Dec. 31, 1971.

“California’s Senate Votes Bill Repealing Sexual Prohibitions,” New York Times, May 2, 1975. 

“Vigil of Grief, Despair,” Sacramento Bee, Nov. 28 1978. 

“Moscone Successor Builds a Following,” New York Times, Feb. 10, 1979. 

“Dan White Gets 7 Years 8 Months In Double Slaying in San Francisco,” New York Times, Jul. 4, 1979. 

“Q&A: Falwell Doubts There’ll Be Any More Witch Hunts,” Los Angeles Times, Mar. 4, 1981. 

“Hellfire and brimstone… it’s the morality crusader,” Sydney Morning Herald, Mar. 28, 1981. 

“Kaposi’s Sarcoma (KS), Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP), And Other Opportunistic Infections (0I): Cases Reported to CDC As Of July 8, 1982,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jul. 8, 1982. 

“Feinstein laughs off criticism of The City,” San Francisco Examiner, Apr. 21, 1983. 

“Three Gay Figures Join the AIDS Debate,” Bay Area Reporter, May 26, 1983. 

“Falwell urges swifter action on AIDS,” UPI, Jul. 13, 1983. 

“Moral Majority leader wants to protect innocent people from AIDS,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, Sep. 7, 1983. 

“Gay campaigns to prohibit sex in bathhouses,” San Francisco Examiner, Mar. 28, 1984. 

“Bathhouses Stay Open,” Sacramento Bee, Mar. 31, 1984. 

“Killing the Movement,” Bay Area Reporter, Apr. 5, 1984. 

“City bars sex at baths,” San Francisco Examiner, Apr. 9, 1984. 

“Protests Fail to Shut S.F.’s Gay Bathhouses,” Los Angeles Times, Apr. 10, 1984. 

“The Bathhouse War,” Washington Post, Apr. 19, 1984. “Sutro Baths close with one last big bash,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jun. 5, 1984. 

“Tracing the steps in Mondale’s VP decision,” The Philadelphia Enquirer, Jul. 15, 1984. 

“Silverman shuts down sex establishments,” San Francisco Examiner, Oct. 9, 1984. 

“14 San Francisco sex clubs told to close to curb AIDS,” New York Times, Oct. 10, 1984. 

“Mayor moves fast on Proposition C,” San Francisco Examiner, Nov. 7, 1984. 

“Nearly 70,000 of San Francisco’s men or gay, study says,” UPI, Nov. 15, 1984. 

“Health Director Quits Citing Political Difficulties in Fighting AIDS,” Associated Press, Dec. 11, 1984. 

“Silverman calls it quits,” San Francisco Examiner, Dec. 11, 1984. 

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“The cultural impact of the ‘AIDS’ test: the American experience,” Social Science and Medicine, 1986. 

“AIDS Cases in 1985 Exceed Total of All Previous Years,” Washington Post, Jan. 17, 1986. 

“Crucial Steps in Combating the Aids Epidemic; Identify All the Carriers,” New York Times, Mar. 18, 1986. 

“LaRouche’s Call to Quarantine AIDS Victims Trails in California,” Washington Post, Oct. 26, 1986. 

“Last Gay Bath House in S.F. Agrees to Close Its Doors,” Los Angeles Times, May 8, 1987. 

“Sylvester, Singer and Entertainer, Dies at 42,” New York Times, Dec. 18, 1988. 

“Randy Shilts, Author, Dies at 42; One of First to Write About AIDS,” New York Times, Feb. 18, 1994. 

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“Silent No More: Early Days in the Fight for Gay Rights,” Life, May 1, 2014. 

“The Real Origins of the Religious Right,” Politico, May 27, 2014. 

“Lecture renews interest in SF bathhouse closure debate,” Bay Area Reporter, Sep. 23, 2015. 

“The Musical Legacy of Gay Bathhouses,” Red Bull Music Academy, Apr. 2017. 

“The Harvey Milk you may not know,” Los Angeles Blade, Nov. 27, 2018. 

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“COVID-19 Super-spreaders: Definitional Quandaries and Implications,” Asian Bioethics Review, May 16, 2020. 

“Bathhouse ban revoked: Amid one pandemic, SF confronts legacy of another,” San Francisco Chronicle, Sep. 11, 2020. 

“San Francisco tells gay bathhouses, ‘Welcome back!’,” Bay Area Reporter, Jan. 25, 2021. 

“B.A.R. covers HIV and AIDS for 40 years,” Bay Area Reporter, Mar. 31, 2021. 

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Fiasco Season 5 theme song by Spatial Relations.

Credits song: Stormy Weather by James Jr. Sylvester.

Additional music: Palm Beach by Alexis Cuadrado. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by James Jr. Sylvester.

Original music for this series written by Edith Mudge. Additional music by Nick Slyvester of Godmode, Joel St. Julien and and Dan English, Noah Hecht, and Joe Valle.