|Judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court|
1980 – April 1993
|Appointed by||Jerry Brown|
May 11, 1945|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||June 13, 1993
Century City, California
|Domestic partner||David Bohnett|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley
UCLA School of Law
Early life and education
Professional career and judicial service
In 1980, Schrader was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by Governor Jerry Brown. Schrader was recommended to Brown by gay rights activist Sheldon Andelson. Schrader served on the bench until April 1993.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman appointed Schrader to the Los Angeles County AIDS Commission when it was established in 1987. Schrader served as chairman of the commission from 1989 to 1991.
In 1991, Schrader announced that he had been recently diagnosed with AIDS. He disclosed that he had tested positive for HIV in 1989 and had developed pneumocystis pneumonia in October 1991. Schrader went public with his diagnosis in an attempt increase AIDS awareness and to combat discrimination and misinformation associated with AIDS.
Shortly before his death, in May 1993, the 5P21 HIV/AIDS clinic at Los Angeles County – USC Medical Center was named in honor of him. Schrader had previously advocated for the establishment of the clinic.
Schrader's long-time partner was entrepreneur David Bohnett, who after Schrader's death used his own entire life savings and the $386,000 benefits from Schrader's life insurance to create the pioneering website GeoCities. At the time of Schrader's death, they had been partnered for 10 years.
- Obituaries: Rand Schrader, Judge And Gay Advocate, 48, The New York Times (June 15, 1993).
- Tracy Wilkinson, Municipal Court Judge Faces Challenge of AIDS - Disease, The Los Angeles Times (November 25, 1991).
- Los Angeles Clinic Named for AIDS Activist Rand Schrader, The Los Angeles Times (May 15, 1993).
- Michael Kearns, Out on the Web, LA Weekly (November 24, 1999).