How the AIDS crisis changed the LGBTQ movement

By Richard Hack

A year after the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the progression of LGBT rights continues to make progress, not just on the basis of Stonewall, but the AIDS crisis that followed.

At we currently remain submerged in a different viral pandemic, this video shows how a collective response by Americans  drew attention not only to the disease, but also the LGBTQ community’s response as a diverse yet determined group tearing at the very fabric of discrimination and inequality in this country..

The nation’s first AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital is the subject of a new show on Netflix. NBC LX’s Chase Cain sits down with a few of the key players from Ward 5B to talk about the early days of the crisis and how it changed the course of history.


Richard Hack is an award-winning author and journalist. He Is LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings' Vice President of Content and Executive Editor of

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