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EPISODE #5 | Stephen Meets The Saint of the AIDS Crisis

Pronouns: He/Him

Stephen Cardile learns to let his freak flag fly at The Saint – a vibrant gay club in 1980’s New York City. There, he reconnects with his childhood friend, Jimmy. In honor of World AIDS day on December 1st, Stephen reveals his personal journey during the AIDS crisis and pays tribute to his dear friend. 

Content Warning:  This episode contains discussion of HIV/AIDS, death and dying, drug use & descriptions of medical emergencies. Listener discretion is advised.

The paramedics arrive, and I give them as many details as I can, answering all their questions to the best of my ability. ‘Yes, he has AIDS,’ ‘No, I don’t know how long he’s been unconscious, nor what he’s allergic too…’

Episode Contributors:

Blake Pfeil (he/him), Host
Stephen Cardile (he/him), Storyteller

Storytelling Prompt:

Write a true story about a friendship that has deeply impacted your life.

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