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Voeller, Bruce (1934-1994)  
 
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In the early 1980s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Voeller returned to his scientific roots, doing studies on the effectiveness of different kinds of condoms and spermicides in preventing sexually transmitted diseases. He was a consultant to the Consumers Union, which published his findings with regard to condoms in its magazine Consumer Reports.

Voeller was in the forefront of the fight against AIDS. It was he who suggested the name Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome instead of GRID, "Gay-Related Immune Deficiency," which he considered both stigmatizing and inaccurate.

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In addition to publishing many articles on HIV and AIDS and co-editing AIDS and Sex: An Integrated Biomedical and Behavioral Approach (1991, with June M. Reinisch and Michael Gottlieb) for the Kinsey Institute Series, Voeller testified at congressional hearings on AIDS and lent his expertise to numerous federal, state, and local organizations working to fight AIDS.

Voeller lost his own battle with the disease on February 13, 1994. He died at his Topanga, California, home surrounded by his family--his life partner Richard Lucik, his sons Jon and Christopher Voeller, his daughter Suzanne Sundheim, and his sister Nancy Petron.

In 1988 Voeller had contributed the Mariposa archives, a valuable collection of historical documents on the gay and lesbian rights movement, to Cornell University, where they are now part of the Human Sexuality Collection. Following Voeller's death, Lucik undertook Mariposa's final project, commissioning artist Don Bachardy to make portraits of twelve gay and lesbian rights leaders. The subjects included Voeller, Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin, Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings, Troy Perry, and Jean O'Leary. Lucik presented the portrait series to the Human Sexuality Collection in 1995.

Linda Rapp

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    Bibliography
   

Clendinen, Dudley, and Adam Nagourney. Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

McWhirter, David P. "In Memoriam." Journal of Sex Research 31 (November 1994): 325.

Saxon, Wolfgang. "Dr. Bruce Voeller is Dead at 59; Helped Lead Fight against AIDS." New York Times (February 24, 1994): D20.

 

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Voeller, Bruce  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2004  
    Date Last Updated September 9, 2006  
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