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The Journalist of Castro StreetThe Life of Randy Shilts$
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Andrew E. Stoner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042485

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042485.001.0001

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Journalist versus Advocate

Journalist versus Advocate

(p.208) Chapter 14 Journalist versus Advocate
The Journalist of Castro Street

Andrew E. Stoner

University of Illinois Press

Shilts begins to offer his first writing at length about the experience of lesbian women via “Conduct Unbecoming.” Shilts’s new book further unpacks cultural beliefs about the roles of men and women in society, and aspects of masculinity and femininity. U.S. military policy toward HIV testing is reported. While mainstream reviews of Shilts’s “Conduct Unbecoming” are favorable, LGBT leaders continue to question Shilts’s elevation as a “leader” or representative of the gay community. Shilts personally addresses the thin line he has walked between journalist and advocate for the issues he has covered.

Keywords:   Conduct Unbecoming, lesbian women, communicable disease pandemic, misogyny, HIV testing, prostitution, sex-based discrimination, gay military ban, women’s movement, Communist infiltration, unit cohesion, Edward Modesto, Perry Watkins, Leonard Matlovich, Margarethe Cammermeyer, Jim Foster, Michael Hardwick, Roberto Reyes-Colon, Miriam Ben-Shalom, U.S. military, gay communities, gay activists, gay servicemembers, Defense Department, Michelangelo Signorile, And the Band Played On, media spokesperson, participation framework, Eric Marcus, Marianna Patrona, Jessea Greenman, journalist objectivity, journalistic sources, Randy Alfred, Gay Power Gay Politics, CBS News, National News Council, gay spokesman, Morton Downey Jr, journalistic credibility, AIDS advocates, HIV disclosure, Rock Hudson, Earvin Magic Johnson, Kimberly Bergalis

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