Christopher Burns


As Interviewed by Billy Flukinger, March 19, 2017
"Very healthy young men were coming down with an illness and then dying within months..."
Christopher Burns

Introductory Profile: About Chris Burns

Chris was very easy to work with and did not hold back giving me a great interview. I had a great time working with him. Chris Burns is an openly gay man who was subject to a lot of challenges and leads a proactive life as a great friend of my aunt. He grew up in New York and, at the time, many people were strongly against gay people. He didnít realize that he was gay himself until college and he kept it as little known as he could. Chrisí parents did not know at the time that he was gay and it is lucky that they did not for many parents would disown their children if they were gay.

In the 1980s a disease referred to as HIV which led to AIDs came around. It was very dangerous, particularly to gay men. The gay community was given very little support from government or local services making the disease seem unstoppable. Thankfully the GMHC(gay menís health crisis) was created. It helped gay men understand and avoid HIV. When Chris noticed the dangers of HIV, he chose to be proactive, and decided to work on the phone line for the GMHC. His experience there changed him completely.

Chris was very easy to work with and did not hold back giving me a great interview. I had a great time working with him.