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"I met Hoagie Gaskins, pictured on the right with the platinum blonde hair, in 1979, when I was a freshman and he was a senior at @uncchapelhill..."

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"I met Hoagie Gaskins, pictured on the right with the platinum blonde hair, in 1979, when I was a freshman and he was a senior at @uncchapelhill..."

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“I met Hoagie Gaskins, pictured on the right with the platinum blonde hair, in 1979, when I was a freshman and he was a senior at @uncchapelhill. A counsellor suggested that I needed to meet some gay people and put me in touch with the Carolina Gay Association and Hoagie.
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I can still see Hoagie striding across campus to meet me. He was handsome, and I was enamored. We dated for a while, and he initiated me into gay life at UNC, but we were young and moved on to other men, other pursuits.
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Five years later I found out that Hoagie was in the hospital, with AIDS. I was a nursing student and used my uniform to get into Hoagie's room at NC Memorial. Hoagie lay in a coma, alone, emaciated, and near death. Hoagie became North Carolina's first documented AIDS death.
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This was long before cell phones, and I don't have any pictures of Hoagie except this one. When the Quilt came to DC in 1992, I searched for Hoagie's name and found a panel for 'Hogie Gaskins,' which may be the way he spelled his name.
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I wish that I could thank Hoagie for opening a wonderful gay life up to me--a life that he never got to live.” ― by Alan N. Yount @alanyount
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The AIDS Memorial

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1979
2018-01-26

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