1985: Christian, Gay, & HIV+ : Steve Pieters and Tammy Faye Bakker

Steve Pieters is one of the few surviving individuals with AIDS since 1982.  He is also a minister, a therapist, and a member of the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus.

In November of 1985 Steve was interviewed by Tammy Faye Bakker of PTL Ministries; at the time a worldwide network for Christian broadcasting.  It was a groundbreaking interview reaching millions who otherwise might never have heard his story, and that of many gay religious people like him – dealing with a life threatening illness in the face of societal indifference and, often, outright rejection, while reconciling what it means to be gay man of faith.

Tammy Faye Bakker received a great deal of criticism for doing this interview.  Her reply was succinctly summed up in this way, “I believe Jesus loves all of us, and so should I.”

Below is Part 1 of this amazing interview.

To view Part 2 and Part 3 please go to the YouTube playlist link:

http://www.youtube.com/user/helenofirvine#g/c/F72AEC859D5EE680

 

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