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Remembering AIDS Activist Rodger McFarlane

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Remembering AIDS Activist Rodger McFarlane

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Remembering AIDS Activist Rodger McFarlane

Remembering AIDS Activist Rodger McFarlane

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Rodger McFarlane appeared at a screening of Outrage at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in May 2009. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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Rodger McFarlane appeared at a screening of Outrage at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in May 2009.

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Gay rights activist Rodger McFarlane was involved in the earliest efforts to combat the transmission of AIDS during the 1980s.

McFarlane served as the first executive director of the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City as well as the executive director for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In 1998, he co-authored (with Philip Bashe) the book The Complete Bedside Companion.

McFarlane, who was 54, died May 15. According to his bother, he killed himself.

Fresh Air remembers McFarlane with this archival interview, originally broadcast on March 26, 1998.