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Hattoy, Robert (1950-2007)  
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"We can't . . . forget that people are being bombed, beaten to death, losing their jobs, their houses, their families, their children because they have this virus. And I don't know those people, but I know they're out there, and I have to fight for them."

Hattoy was disappointed by how long it took the administration to appoint an "AIDS czar" and by the eventual choice of Kristine Gebbie, of whom he said, "I feel she doesn't have a sense of vision or an action plan."

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Sadly, he concluded, "I think the AIDS community is going to have to do things on their own."

In 1994 Hattoy was transferred to the Department of the Interior, where he remained until 1999, when he returned to California to work as a political consultant.

In 2002 Governor Gray Davis appointed Hattoy to the state Fish & Game Commission. He took on the job with his usual energy and enthusiasm, and in February 2007 he was elected Commission chairman.

A scant month later, on March 4, 2007, Hattoy died from complications of AIDS. Tributes poured in for his work as an activist for both glbtq rights and the environment.

Carl Pope of the Sierra Club declared, "I think that his greatest environmental legacy is the California coastline. When President Reagan proposed opening the shoreline to drilling, Mr. Hattoy formed a coalition of people and organizations to oppose the plan. He was the human force that pulled everyone together."

Eric Sawyer, one of the founders of ACT UP, praised Hattoy's dedication in fighting AIDS. "Bob was one of the few insiders who was consistently vocal on behalf of people with AIDS, on what was the true situation of people with AIDS--what the real needs were--and he wasn't afraid to criticize."

Hattoy had stipulated to friends that he did not want a funeral; rather, he requested that they preserve his ashes in a martini shaker and hold celebrations of his life in Los Angeles, Sacramento, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

At the memorial gathering at the United States Capitol in April 2007, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi offered a tribute, declaring, "For the environment, Bob was a force for nature. As an activist, he was a force of nature."

Linda Rapp

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Woo, Elaine. "Bob Hattoy, 56; Witty and Outspoken Advocate for the Environment, AIDS Research." Los Angeles Times (March 6, 2007): B10.

Yoachum, Susan. "Demos Hear Personal Side of AIDS: 2 Speakers Tell Delegates of Their Plight." San Francisco Chronicle (July 15, 1992): A1.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Hattoy, Robert  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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