Ray Harvey Amer
Ray talks about his experiences
"A local gay organisation
to research on what
the local health authorities were doing.
I found that they did not intend
to do very much.
So from 1984 onwards,
Mike Harvey, and I were very busy
Setting up the Gay Health Link Group.
Which was going to be exclusively gay,
To do prevention and to care for people,
To set up
a form of buddy system, locally.
It was just a group of gay friends
Who actually started things.
It began with Phillip,
The first lad to die.
We went to see him in Mayday Hospital.
The Gay Health Link Group
Was based in our house,
But it was just not big enough,
To do training,
To do all the office stuff,
And so we moved to the ACE Centre
First we had to change the name
To the AIDS Care and education Project.
So it was not seen
as a totally queer organisation,
because it was easier to get
money out of the local authority.
Then in 1992 I had a big row
At the ACE project because I saw
The appropriation of our efforts
By the health authorities
and social services.
And they didn't like me
Because I was angry
About what was going on,
So I had to leave."