On October 2nd, 2020, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Untitled Light Gallery presentend “Wild Horse Running: The Courageous Journey of Tom Fox.” This virtual exhibition featured a panel discussion by two journalists who documented Tom’s final months, a gay pastor who lived through the crisis, and a doctor who gained national recognition for his response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in our region.
In 2019, Kinsey Institute library staff interviewed Doris and Bob Fox about their groundbreaking work during the HIV/AIDS crisis. After their son Tom‘s death of AIDS in 1989, the couple was instrumental in founding PFLAG Bloomington, and they were active in other support services for the LGBTQ community, people with AIDS, and their families and allies.
“‘When AIDS Comes Home,’ was published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 20, 1989, as a 16-page extra section of the newspaper. Readers awakened that Sunday to Michael’s iconic, half-page photograph of Tom, 33, on his deathbed surrounded by his grieving family. Now, more than three decades after Tom’s passing, his story lives on in this catalog and in this exhibition of Michael’s award-winning photographs: Wild Horse Running: The Courageous Journey of Tom Fox.” –Steve Sternberg