Cindy Kidd, one of Utah's best-known AIDS activists, died of the disease on Wednesday at age 39.
She was one of the crusaders who sued to overturn a 1987 state law that attempted to ban the marriages of AIDS victims. In late 1993, the law was ruled unconstitutional in federal court.She was the editor of the newsletter, The Positive Press, published for Utahns with AIDS and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. She believed she contracted the disease from a former boyfriend.
Kidd, the mother of four, revived The Positive Press in 1992, after she was elected a director of the People with AIDS Coalition of Utah. The paper had been dormant since 1990.
When she retired from writing and editing the paper last year, the coalition's board passed a resolution noting, "Cindy has been a strong voice for non-gay people impacted by HIV/AIDS. It is impossible to adequately thank an individual who has given as much as Cindy has."