Still, his role was an essential one. It involved talking to people in the neighborhood who didn't want to talk-who thought the stigma of an AIDS home would lower their property values. It took an enormous effort on the part of Bailey and many others to shift the conversation, to quell fears and engage the community to think differently and act together in a profound new way. "There were so many people having so many conversations to clarify misunderstandings and calm nerves," remembers Bailey. "In the end, of course, the house became a wonderful core to the neighborhood."
And Frank Boushay?
The question evokes both fond memories and the pain of loss. "Frank was a magical figure. He had an effervescence that people wanted to be around. Frank died before Bailey-Boushay was built, but his spirit of welcome and embrace perfectly reflects the spirit of this home."
The legacy of Bailey-Boushay is one of integrity, goodness, and compassion-qualities both Bailey and his partner, Boushay, exhibited in their relationship and their life together. "It was a time when AIDS was stigmatized as a gay-related disease. It meant a lot for the board to name this facility after an openly gay couple who were directly affected by the epidemic," Bailey says.
And though extremely humble about the role he played, Bailey is proud to have been a part of it.
"It was a mind-boggling community accomplishment. And today, it is a treasure."