Vice Squad cops ‘frightened of catching AIDS’

The gays are carrying on a treat over the cops raiding their Sydney haunts. But look at it from the eyes of Inspector Ernie (“the Good”) Shepherd and his Vice Squad boys – they don’t like the line of work much either. They’re frightened of catching AIDS!

September 4th,1983 Sun-Herald (Sydney)

‘Gays are always thought of as dirty’

“We were starting to be treated like ordinary human beings. People were finally realising that apart from our sexual preference, we’re just like everyone else. I now find an incredible number of mis-informed straight people who feel that by social contact with me they could get AIDS…”

September 3rd,1983 1983, The Age

AIDS sets the clock back for homosexuals

There have been two definite cases of AIDS diagnosed in Australia — both contracted overseas — and one or two possible cases. Yet such is the fascination with the syndrome that it has become the new buzz-word in Australian society.

September 3rd,1983 The Age

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