His name was Peta. He was a strikingly beautiful man and he lived in a divided world of halves. He was half white an half Native American, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was also gay. And he contracted HIV, then AIDS.
Peta was a volunteer who helped others at Pater Noster House, an AIDS hospice in Columbus, Ohio, where he would see clearly before his eyes his own terrible fate unfolding. He himself would succumb two years later, in 1992. The Kirby family, whose son, David, Peta cared for in 1990 as he lost his battle with AIDS, would care for Peta on his final journey too.
Peta, along with a young photographer, Therese Frare, would be in the right place at the right time to change the face of AIDS and the perceptions the rest of the Nation had of AIDS patients.
Life magazine has revisited those infamous photographs and tells the story of David Kirby, Peta and Therese in a most memorable article with unforgetable photographs.