#TimBailey (Jul 18, 1957 - Jun 28, 1993) was a menswear designer at @patricia_field who later became an #AIDS activist. He died of AIDS in #NewYork.
Bailey joined @actupny in 1988 and found his activism home with their affinity group called 'The Marys', who invaded the on-air newscasts @cbsnews and @pbs.
Shortly before his death, Bailey asked fellow @actupny members to throw his body over #theWhiteHouse gates as he was angry by the Clinton administration's 'lethargy' over the AIDS crisis. @actupny's spokesman #ScottSawyer said group members had no plans to do this. @actupny said at the time in a written statement - "We told him we couldn't throw his body over the gates. Not because we didn't share his fury. But because we loved him too much to treat his mortal remains that way."
About 60 members of @actupny drove Bailey's dead body in a van to #WashingtonDC. They instead planned to march his open coffin from the Capitol to the White House, where they would hold a memorial service whilst denouncing #BillClinton and his administration for their inaction.
However, police held up the protesters for several hours, saying they did not have the necessary permits. At about 3:25 p.m., police said the protesters would be able to march, but not until after the evening rush hour. Some demonstrators accused police of trying to keep the event off the evening news. Later, angry with their treatment @actupny members pulled Bailey's coffin out of
the van. Police, some wearing rubber gloves, shoved the coffin back into the van during the scuffle.
Protesters then decided to hold the service where they stood, in a parking lot. "President Clinton, the blood of Tim's death is on your hands," protester Eric Sawyer said during his eulogy. "Tim's death is a direct result of moral cowardice."
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