Why did relatives decide not to reveal the full names of people on the AIDS quilt?
“For example, a number of the earliest panels carry only a first name, protecting the individual’s legacy or his surviving partner or family from the stigma of the disease or from being outed (Figure 1). That sentiment is made even more explicit in a panel that says, ‘I have decorated this banner to honor my brother. Our parents did not want his name used publicly. The omission of his name represents the fear of oppression that AIDS victims and their families feel.”