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The Woman Who Cared in the Face of AIDS


It is a truth for all minorities that we need to tell our stories and preserve our history, and no where is this more the case than in the case of the generation of largely gay, bisexual and polyamorous men who died during the horrific years of the AIDS pandemic, which lasted from around 1983 to 1996. During that long decade, the situation in the United States was particularly harsh, where the lack of a universal health care system exacerbated the crisis. To make matters worse, there were families who rejected their dying relatives, with even parents refusing to see their own children, such was the level of their twisted interpretation of religion. One young woman, however, Ruth Coker Burks, has now told her story to the gay magazine Out. She visited and cared for people with AIDS, held their hands and today believes that she was guided by a higher power as she arranged for their burial and cremation in her own family plot. Such is the power of her story that we link to it at our website as a reminder that the horror of the AIDS crisis never be forgotten.


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