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"I think it's really important that we don't just whitewash history and allow it to continuously be skimmed over.”

Sarah Epperson, a queer artist and illustrator who focuses on social justice issues and politics, regarding the unveiling of a new stamp featuring former first lady Nancy Reagan at the beginning of Pride month. The Forever Stamp is meant to celebrate the centennial of Reagan’s birth, on July 6, 1921, which was delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but many members of the LGBTQ+ community feel as though it is a “slap in the face” due to the Reagan administration’s slow response to the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s which, many in the community believe, cost tens of thousands of lives. (NPR — June 9, 2022)

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