The pipe bombs. the anti-semitic shooting at a synagogue. the attempts to make trans and intersex people invisible. the shooting of two black people by a white supremacist in kentucky. all in a week. dr. jerry rabinowitz, one of the victims of the pittsburgh shooting, was a man who was an ally to people our society marginalizes and bravely stood up to hate, both throughout his career and, reportedly, in his final moments. his life is a reminder to all of us: if you have privilege of any sort, check it and then use it. #whitesilenceisviolence #whatisrememberedlives #aidsmemorial
“my doctor jerry rabinowitz was among those killed in the pittsburgh synagogue shooting. he took care of me up until i left pittsburgh for nyc in 2004.
in the old days for h*v patients in pittsburgh, he was to one to go to. basically before there was effective treatment for fighting h*v itself, he was known in the community for keeping us alive the longest. he often held our hands (without rubber gloves) and always always hugged us as we left his office.
we made a deal about my t cells, in that i didn’t want to know the numbers visit to visit, because i knew i would fret with every little fluctuation and i also knew that azt was not working for my friends. the deal was that he would just let me know at some point when the t cell numbers meant i needed to start on medications. the numbers were his job and my job was to finish my masters thesis and get a job with insurance and try to not go crazy.
i got lucky beyond words — because when he gently told me around november 1995 that it was time to begin taking medications —there was an actg trial for two h*v medications that saved my life. one of which i still take today.
thank you act up for getting these drugs into a safe but effect expedited research protocol. you saved my life.
and thank you dr. rabinowitiz for having always been there during the most terrifying and frightening time of my life. you will be remembered by me always. you are one of my heroes just like the early act up warriors —- some of which i now call friends.” — by michael kerr @michaeljkerr63