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Web Exclusive: Kristen Ries talks about acceptance of the LGTBQ community

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Web Exclusive: Kristen Ries talks about acceptance of the LGTBQ community (Photo provided by Kristen Ries & Maggie Snyder)

(KUTV) Not only has Dr. Kristen Ries seen a lot of progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but a lot more acceptance of the gay community.

In 1987, she was presented a community service award from the gay community. It is now called the Dr. Kristen Ries Community Service Award--named after her.

Ries says it's "hard to believe" how far the acceptance of the community has come since then.

"When I went to receive that award in 1987 at Sunnyside Park, I was still 'in the closet' basically. And I think there wasn't 100 people there," she said.

Now she sees a lot of support of LGTBQ people from the local community.

"We are all a community, and we're only as strong as our weakest member. I think if everybody remembered that, then they wouldn't try to be so puffed up," she said.

Person 2 Person interview

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