How televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker became an unlikely ally in the AIDS crisis

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How televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker became an unlikely ally in the AIDS crisis

From NBC News | NBC-Out by Alexander Kacala

On Nov. 15, 1985, just two months after President Ronald Reagan finally uttered the word “AIDS” publicly, the televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker did something considered bold and fearless at the time: She interviewed a gay man living with HIV on live television and treated him with compassion.

“How sad that we as Christians — who are to be the salt of the earth, we who are supposed to be able to love everyone — are afraid so badly of an AIDS patient that we will not go up and put our arm around them and tell them that we care,” Bakker said tearfully during her 24-minute interview with Steve Pieters.

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