New York: NP, 1993. 8½” x 5½”. Single leaf flier printed recto only. Near fine.
Robert Rygor began his long career in community service and politics at 12 years old when he first campaigned for Hubert Humphrey. He was the first openly gay man to run for a seat in the New York State Assembly in 1978, running again in 1990 in a campaign he claimed to have financed with $30,000 of his own funds. A tireless advocate for the benefit of New Yorkers in general, he promoted issues such as sex education for students, and the diversification of the city's school curriculum, but it wasn't until after he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1990 that he included AIDS activism among his many causes. He acquired a position with ACT UP, serving as a Manager in their New York office, and in 1992, testified at the Democratic Platform Committee Hearings to get AIDS awareness and funding on the platform. He continued his work until the very end, penning a final letter from his hospital bed to RITA, the internal newsletter for ACT UP. In it he expressed sincere gratitude to them for keeping him alive. He died five days afterward, in January 1994.
Rygor was dedicated to seeking a better future for the next generation, and this flier documented his opening and closing statements during his run for a position on the School Board in 1993. His optimistic words encouraged voters to, “Vote based on who the candidates are and the contribution you believe each will make to the quality of our children's lives.”
A testament to the tireless dedication of a man who sought the best for his community. Not in on OCLC. Near fine. Item #3358