Steve Michael Political Funeral


Steve Michael, founder ACT UP/Washington DC, died of AIDS complications on Monday, May 25, 1998 at 11:12_am. Michael's partner of seven years, Wayne Turner, gave the order to disconnect Michael from life support after his condition severly worsened early Monday morning. Michael had spent almost four weeks in the intensive care unit at Washington Hospital Center for treatment of AIDS related pneumonia.  He was 42 years old.

A political funeral was held on Thursday, June 4, 1998 in front of the White House at 12:30 p.m. Turner had made arrangements with federal authorities to hold Michael's funeral, which was be his last White House protest.

The Associated Press; Thursday, June 4, 1998; 5:31 p.m. EDT
by Eun-Kyung Kim, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Friends of a local AIDS activist marched his body along Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday before coming to a stop outside the White House to accuse President Clinton of being a "murdering liar."

About 100 people participated in the half-mile procession for Steve Michael, founder of the Washington chapter of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Organizers said Michael, who died May 25 of AIDS, requested the "political funeral" to protest the Clinton administration's AIDS-related policies.

"Bill Clinton is a murderer, and this death, and tens of thousands of others, must be laid at his doorstep," said Ann Northrop of New York. "He is a liar, and he is letting people with AIDS die on purpose. We will not rest until this crisis is over."

ACT UP and other AIDS activists accuse Clinton