As I wrote previously, God’s chosen people during this time must be the LGBTQ community, at least according to the standards used by Evangelicals, the Religious Right and even some Republican politicians. After all, they said AIDS was God’s wrath against gays.
Unlike last year, LGBTQ issues did not figure as prominently in the news media. But don’t be fooled. Donald Trump and his administration have been hard at work, gutting nearly every protection put in place by former President Barack Obama.
In 1984, when Greg Brafford became part-owner of O’leens, one of Charlotte, N.C.’s most storied gay bars, the city was not far removed from the time when “suspected homosexuals” would be arrested in Freedom Park and have their names featured on the front page of The Charlotte Observer.
Since 1988, December 1st has been designated World AIDS Day as an opportunity for people all over the world to be a part of the fight against HIV, provide support to those who are living with HIV and to honor and remember the people who have died as a result.