For those who have seen the movie or were lucky to have known him, yesterday brought the sad news that Spencer Cox died yesterday morning. For those who haven't seen it, here is his interview from the outtakes of the movie, which you can download on Amazon Instant Video: http://youtu.be/unDyouBoo9M Spencer had been a child actor from the age of 9 or so, and by the time he was in his 20s, he was kind of over the whole actor thing. But he knew every lyric from every musical and every line from every old movie. He passionate activism kind of gave the theater queens of the 80s and 90s the courage to become activists. Remember that before BC/EFA, before 1995, most actors were very closeted and afraid to attend rallies or demonstrations. Spencer had nothing to lose and didn't care. The activism of Spencer and the other men and women featured in the documentary forced the government in 1996 to release the anti-HIV drugs that stopped the deaths that were happening so relentlessly in the 1980s and early 90s. It also changed the way drugs are distributed today for other diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis. In the YouTube clip here, Spencer describes what it was like in 1995 to go from knowing death was imminent to knowing death could be halted, temporarily. These are his words: "What I learned from that is that miracles are possible. Miracles happen, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. I wouldn't trade that information for anything. I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know what'd going to happen day to day. I don't know what's going to happen next year. I just now, you keep going. You keep evolving and you keep progressing, you keep hoping until you die. Which is going to happen someday. You live your life as meaningful as you can make it. You live it and don't be afraid of who is going to like you or are you being appropriate. You worry about being kind. You worry about being generous. And if it's not about that what the hell's it about?" Amazon InstantVideo: How to Survive a Plague
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