COVID-19 and AIDS crisis: NYC gays see parallels, contrasts

  • FILE - In this Saturday, June 25, 1988 file photo, people watch as almost 1,500 quilt panels bearing the names of New York area residents who have died of AIDS are unfolded on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park. The panels, which are expected to be incorporated into the national Names Project AIDS Quilt, include 75 bearing the names of metropolitan area infants. (AP Photo/Wilbur Funches, File)

NEW YORK — LGBT New Yorkers who lived through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s see some bleak parallels in the COVID-19 pandemic now wracking their city. But more so, they stress the differences.