Shilts may not be remembered by name by everyone these days, but he was the reporter who covered the AIDS crisis for The Advocate and the San Francisco Chronicle, and who proved the power of the press as he spread the truth in the face of outrageous right wing lies. He's a legend to journalists and activists and deserves to be so among the general public, too. His first book, The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, was the definitive biography of his friend, who was assassinated. His second book, And the Band Played On, remains a must-read to understand the AIDS crisis and in 1993 made into a popular movie that premiered on HBO. His last book, Conduct Unbecoming, examined discrimination against lesbians and gays in the military and was published in 1993.