In the same year the first cases of an up to then unknown disease were diagnosed in gay men...
Reggie became involved in BWMT's AIDS Task Force, being their co-chair since 1984.
Reggie (on the left) at a Gay Pride March in San Francisco, 1980s
Reggie takes part in AIDS information films: AIDS at the Workplace
and appears on TV
“I have had a wonderful life – I can’t say that enough; if I had to die tomorrow it would be just fine, as I have lived – you have to have lived to be able to accept your own death. I’ve had a lot of love and support from my family, my lovers, my friends. I have been lucky enough to have been surrounded by wonderful people and have tried to circumvent those who have not been. > Read more
1988 Reggie was one of the co-founders of the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention, the first nationwide organization targeting Black Gay men. Reggie served as the Task Force's Executive Director until his retirement in February 1994.In
Please read the Mission Statement and their History and AIDS Prevention Goals.
The NTFAP existed until 1998.
In 1989 Reggie and Tim were quoted in an article by Marilyn Chase, Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal:
In Their Own Words
NIH Researchers Recall the Early Years of AIDS
How can you tell that a patient has a previously unknown disease?
How do you care for someone with a mysterious illness–and protect yourself as well?
How do you investigate the cause of a new disease, and find ways to treat and prevent it?
In Their Own Words documents how NIH researchers answered such questions when asked to recall the early days of HIV/AIDS
San Francisco Gay Pride 1981
a compilation of Gay Pride posters from 1970 on!
One Life for Another: The Survivor's Story, with photographs (1987) by Barbi Schreiber
Dressing Up History - Gay stories come alive at historical society (2001)
... One poignant photograph at the exhibit -- of activist Reggie Williams (1951-1999) -- speaks volumes. Behind his handsome portrait is the story of a hero, one of the few who dared to be publicly recognized as a person with AIDS in a time when the HIV infection was still considered a "gay plague" that could get you evicted or fired. ... > Read the article
Finding Aid to the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention, 1986-1994 Collection Summary
Collection is open for research.
Castro Branch Exhibit
499 Castro Street (at 18th St.)
The GLBT Historical Society presents Passionate Struggle: Dynamics of San Francisco's GLBT History at its new Castro Street location. This groundbreaking exhibit details the places, politics, passions, and people that have produced the possibilities for the diverse queer lives we now live. It will be open through October 2009.
History and Science of HIV & AIDS
UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
History and Special Collections Division