Carrocio, Joe

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NAME: Joe Carroccio

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Obituary: Joe Carroccio, Led AIDS Activists Group

January 13, 2003

Cleveland Heights resident Joe Carroccio, leader and cofounder of the Cleveland chapter of ACT UP, spent the final decade of his life educating the public about HIV, lobbying for research on AIDS treatment and giving away clean syringes and condoms. The 45-year-old Cleveland native, who had AIDS, died Jan. 3 of complications from hepatitis and cirrhosis. Carroccio, who helped plan Cleveland's first World AIDS Day March in 1993, was active in several AIDS activist groups. He was program manager of the Living Room HIV/AIDS Drop-in Center, a counseling service of the Lesbian-Gay Community Service Center of Greater Cleveland. Carroccio chaired the AIDS Clinical Trial Unit's Community Advisory Board at University Hospitals; acted as a watchdog at City Council meetings on behalf of the AIDS-affected community; and led public demonstrations to dramatize the gravity of his mission.

Picture: Joe in middle, in front of the Renaissance Hotel (formerly Stouffer's, formerly Hotel Cleveland)

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Date of Death: January 3, 2003

Age at Death: 45

Employment: proudly not employed, he devoted his days to saving the world (and also doing drugs and having sex); his partner Paul Hamlin ran a very successful interior design business

Social/Political Groups he attends/attended: ACT UP/Cleveland, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

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His friends include: Marcos Rivero (now in NYC), Zak Haley (deceased), Kenn Kriz (now in Las Vegas), Kelly Thompson (now in Connecticut), Eddie Boyte, Brooke Willis and many, many others....

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