The height of the AIDS epidemic was a frightening and confusing time for the LGBTQ community. People were being stricken by a disease shrouded in mystery with scant effective treatment options and ignorance of the disease’s transmission saw gay men being completely excommunicated from their families and large swaths of mainstream society.
The new Logo documentary, Quiet Heroes, examines the socially conservative and rigid religious monoculture in and around Salt Lake City, Utah that further complicated the treatment of AIDS patients at hospitals and medical facilities in the region.
Dr. Kristen Ries found herself as the only doctor in the region that AIDS patients could rely on for medical care unaffected by social biases. In a new clip exclusive to Out, Sister Linda Bellmore recalls an AIDS patient who just wanted to see his parents one last time before he died but was refused his request by his own mother because of the stigma surrounding AIDS. Watch, below.
Quiet Heroes premieres tonight, August 22, at 8/7c on Logo.