LGBT Rights 1975-90
The fight for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people took a dark turn in 1981 when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was identified.

Thousands died, LGBT people were ostracized and attacked in ways reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Prominent officials declared that it was God's punishment. Funding for research was paltry.

However, the crisis strengthened the movement for LGBT rights as hundreds of thousands came out of the closet and family, friends and neighbors rallied to support them.

Funding increases for research were ultimately won and LGBT rights issues were put in the spotlight.

An effective treatment did not not emerge until the mid 1990s and a massive publicity campaign began to curtail new cases. However more recently there has been another uptick.
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