AIDS Memorial Quilt button for Inaugural Parade, 1993January 20, 1993
The Quilt was on display in Washington, D.C. at the end of 1992, and the NAMES Project Foundation was invited to participate in the Inaugural Parade for President Bill Clinton, which took place on January 20, 1993. Two-hundred marchers carried 100 panels from the Quilt, while additional volunteers distributed tens of thousands of red ribbons. This invitation to participate in the parade was viewed as a shift in the way the federal government chose to deal with the AIDS epidemic. During the Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations, the Quilt was displayed in Washington, D.C. on four separate occasions, and neither president visited the memorial. Despite this shift in the acceptance of those affected, there remained many points of contention in regards to the Clinton administration's priorities when dealing with the AIDS epidemic.
AIDS Memorial Quilt button for Inaugural Parade, 1993. From Resource Center LGBT Collection of the UNT Libraries (AR0756).