Randy Shilts was born in 1951 in Davenport, Iowa, and grew up in Aurora, Illinois, in a religious, conservative household. Shilts majored in journalism at the University of Oregon, where he came out as a gay man. He is the author of three books, beginning with 1982's The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, a biography of the San Francisco politician who was assassinated in 1978. Shilts' second book, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, came out in 1987 and brought the author widespread attention. The best-selling account of the genesis of the AIDS epidemic in the United States won the Stonewall Book Award and was nominated for a National Book Award. The book was translated into seven languages and was later made into an Emmy Award-winning HBO film...Show More »

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