Mina Meyer’s Story

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Co-founder of AIDS Hospice Committee and AIDS Hospice Foundation, Mina Meyer and her wife Sharon Raphael were both influencial LGBT activists in Los Angeles. She saw that many AIDS patients were in need of a place to take care of them to live out their dying days, leading to the creation of the AIDS Hospice Foundation. Because the AIDS situation was not getting the attention it deserved from the government, Meyers and many other activists had to fight in order for the cause to get noticed. “We had to get the county supervisors to pay attention [to AIDS]. We had to get the powers that be to pay attention, and all the governmental folks to pay attention to us. We didn’t have any money. We had to get all the people to pay attention to us to be able to show the needs for all the people who had AIDS.”

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