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8 HIV/AIDS Issues You Couldn't Stop Talking About in 2013

December 1, 2013

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Why Does Mainstream Media Continue to Throw Young Black Gay Men Under the Bus?

By Mathew Rodriguez

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In a nutshell: The text of a news article published in the New York Daily News earlier this year highlighted much of what is often wrong with the way mainstream media reports not only on HIV/AIDS, but on people within too-easily stereotyped racial, ethnic and sexual communities.

Quotable: "For me, as a young gay man of color, this piece drives home the reality that I am at the intersection of many identities that are spoken about, too rarely spoken to, and even more rarely spoken with. Since the article discusses young black gay men, the ideal approach would be to allow more members of this population to speak for themselves. Instead, the article speaks about my people, our bodies, our sexuality, the way a person might describe a house as s/he drives by it on the way to work."

What our readers said:

"You have expressed the sentiment of many men of color [who are] bi, gay or questioning. In our heart of hearts we know that we live in a society that will always seek to blame someone other than themselves for things in their lives that they cannot control. Knowledge is key to unlocking the mysteries of being a part of the solution and not the problem. Yet many take the low road to profitability at the expense of others." -- Edward (From Chicago, Ill.)

"I am an older, white, gay man in my fifties. There was a time when we heard from different voices. Now is not that time. I actually want to hear from younger gay men about their experience -- I have no clue what it is like to be gay now for younger men, especially men of color. Whatever problems young, gay, black men have, it doesn't help to have media full of negative judgments rather than stories which work to understand their experience." -- Rob (From Minneapolis, Minn.)

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