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John Pegge
(1944 - December 10, 1995) South Africa

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In the early 1980s, together with Gordon Isaacs, he started a gay support group called GASA-6010. With the first reported case of AIDS in South Africa, circa 1983, they initiated an education campaign alerting the gay community to the dangers of HIV. Homosexuality was illegal at the time, yet Pegge managed to get the Department of Health to supply the organisation with condoms via a circuitous route.

As early as 1985, he and others, through national and international lobbying attempts, tried to alert South Africans to all areas which would be affected by HIV/AIDS. The warning howevr fell on deaf ears. Pegge was a tireless campaigner for the rights and dignity of persons with HIV/AIDS.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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