“I drink champagne early in the morning instead of leaving my house with an M16 and nowhere to go. I’m dying twice as fast as any other American between eighteen…
“All too often, our relationship to these “helping” organizations do not not simply position us to receive services and inform/build solutions but instead to be positioned as a living validation of the often ill-informed ideologies–despite our flesh-informed protestations–the organization has about the folks it wishes to “help.” Our presence, our attempts to gain a foothold in basic survival, often requires and/or weaponizes our bodies as non-consenting, character assailants for all that may come after, creating an irrefutable controlling image of the struggler, a stigmatizing blockade to resources and, in effect, fertile ground for a more vicious, silent struggle for survival.
With this experience in mind, many of us go into the industries near our needs and/or those of our people. We do not seek to redeem the organization and it’s faulty positioning, policies or thinking, but instead re-purpose the resources, policies and organization to better and holistically serve our loved ones.”
This friday from 12-3:30pm, a cadre of young black and latino experts will present a streamed and live audience webinar about the challenges and solutions, as well resilience, surrounding black & latino men who have sex with men and HIV. This event is sponsored and organized by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
She never had it easy, but she lived easily. Perhaps this is why you could also find a toothy smile on my mothers face. Slender and curvy, La Toya would…
Disclosing one’s HIV status, if you’ve seroconverted, is among the hardest things many people will ever be called or expected to do. In the worlds of preventative care, advocacy and…