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Quilt panels displayed as AIDS 2020 opens

Although the public displays of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in San Francisco and Oakland could not take place as intended, members of the AIDS 2020 local planning committee and elected officials unveiled the panels at quiet, socially distanced ceremonies at the respective city halls."As we remember and honor the victims of the AIDS epidemic, let us welcome and utilize the lessons of that experience," Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan, a lesbian who participated in the Oakland unveiling, told the Bay Area Reporter. "To successfully respond to the COVID pandemic we need to respect science, make sure prejudice doesn't undermine our response, and take steps to protect and value our entire community.

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