After Stonewall: Impact of AIDS on the gay community from the 1980's

BellingerGeorge Bellinger, Jr., AIDS activist of 30 years speaks to Truth in Progress about the beginnings of the AIDS crisis when it was called the "gay cancer" and thought to only effect white men. The progression of the disease is a multi-layered history as experienced by different racial communities, however the loss of so many loved ones was a tragedy shared. Exclusion, denial, stigmatizing, and discrimination from the government, medical establishments, church, and family only multiplied exponentially the pain and heartache. While AIDS is not a "gay disease," it is greatly significant to the history and formation of the LGBT equality movement.