Gay men who lived through the HIV Epidemic of the 1980s were asked on Reddit: "What was it like?" One user arocklegend took the opportunity to advocate for the lesbians who were also impacted by the epidemic at that time.
"A lot of folks have commented on the experience of living as gay men during that time: the confusion, the fear, the anger, and the guilt of survival. But that we hear so little about the role of lesbians during that time is an injustice that remains unaired and unaddressed.
My testimony is limited to what I saw firsthand, but I believe that, were their contributions and experiences to be fully understood in retrospect, that lesbians who came to the aid of gay men at that time would be acknowledged as every bit as heroic as soldiers on the front lines of any war.
A claim like that requires some heavy backup, and I’m not confident I can provide it in this post: it’s one of my ambitions to be able to do so in my lifetime. But what I can tell you now is that these women walked directly into the fire and through it, and they did not have to. And that they did it even as some of the gay men they took care of treated them with bitchiness, scorn, and contempt.
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