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Bruce E. "Tony" Bonifant (ca. 1952, Washington, DC - January 12, 1995, Washington, DC) was a Singer/Songwriter, Hairdresser, and AIDS Activist.

Bruce "Tony" Bonifant grew up in Washington, DC and studied at the University of Texas on a scholarship, graduating in 1985. He lived in California from 1986 to 1988, and there performed his original songs in clubs and other venues.

Due to health reasons, he returned to Washington where he worked as a hair stylist at Hair Inc. and Flashback.

Bonifant was a fundraiser for the Whitman Walker Clinic, and participated in a Georgetown Family Center study on the signficance of relationships in managing AIDS for long-term survivors. He also founded a support group for long-term AIDS patients.

Bruce Bonifant died of AIDS in Washington, DC at the age of 43 on January 12, 1995.

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