Bill Clinton's record on gay and lesbian issues has been debated, but no one could argue with the 1996 appointment of R. Scott Hitt as chairman of the first ever Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. In his first six weeks on the job, the Los Angeles physician--the first openly gay person to head such a group--recommended eight urgent proposals, including a White House conference, all of which Clinton quickly adopted. The outspoken Hitt, who once criticized his boss's "hypocrisy" for not supporting needle-exchange programs, had metastatic colon cancer. He was 49.

• Her candor about everything, from bodily functions to sexual fantasies--a...

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