Thank you for this conversation. However, I regret the assumption that assistance in the late-80s AIDS crisis, was only provided to the afflicted gay men by the gay community. Outside of a few select cities and across the US, straight people, myself among them, stepped up early and cared for our friends. We were young and dealing with end-of-life issues, when our peers were starting families as would be normal for that age. Decades later, we gay and straight survivors easily include markers such as when we cared for so-and-so, when so-and-so died, at sos-and-so's funeral, in our conversations but only among ourselves.
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