Paul Monette publishes his memoir Becoming a Man, which wins the 1992 National Book Award for non-fiction.
Leonard Raver dies of AIDS on January 29 at the age of 62.
Christopher Kales dies on January 23 at NYU Medical Center. He was 36 years old.
Four Los Angeles police officers charged in the beating of Rodney King are acquitted. In response, rioting overtakes much of south central Los Angeles, resulting in fifty-three dead and more than two thousand injured.
Democrat Bill Clinton (YLS ’73) defeats incumbent George H.W. Bush (YC ’48) in the presidential election.
Mary Fisher and Elizabeth Glaser—both HIV-positive—address the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, respectively.
Florida teenager Ricky Ray dies of an AIDS-related illness. Ricky and his two brothers, Robert and Randy (both HIV-positive), had become the focus of national media attention in 1987 when their home was burned down following their victory in a court battle to attend their public school.
Actor Anthony Perkins dies of an AIDS-related illness.
Professional tennis player Arthur Ashe announces publicly that he is HIV-positive. Ashe will die of a related illness in 1993.
Fashion icon Tina Chow dies of an AIDS-related illness.
AIDS is identified as the number one cause of death in American men, ages 25-44.
By year’s end, a total of 254,157 cases and 194,476 deaths have been reported in the United States.