Be the Change: A Solidarity Speech (June 29, 2011)
"It's easy for us to condemn society for the social norms that stigmatize and discriminate against people whose sexual orientation and gender identity do not fit the heterosexual status quo," says Laurindo Garcia. "But ... by continually diverting attention to external factors out of our control, we deny ourselves a role in making change happen."
Reflecting Upon My Twenty-One Years of Pride (June 27, 2011)
"My being out as a LESBIAN is not solely political. It is literally and metaphorically about my own survival in the entity known as Aishah Shahidah Simmons in this lifetime."
A Question of Priorities: A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn (June 15, 2011)
"HIV/AIDS used to be an existential threat to our community, and we treated it as such. ... So what are our advocates in the national LGBT organizations doing about HIV these days? Not enough, if you ask me."
Our Pride. Our Community. Our Movement. A Blog Entry by Tree Alexander (June 15, 2011)
"As we take the month of June to celebrate our diversity and sexual pride, let's take the time to explore how we have experienced oppression, and ways to free the future of our community and society from this depressive cycle of narrow-minded conditioning."
I Am What I Am: A Blog Entry by Aless Piper (June 14, 2011)
"I am proud to be a straight ally, and HIV/AIDS activist. ... Like Miep Gies, the next time I am asked why I do what I do, I fully intend to say that I do it because it is the right thing to do."
Homophobia and HIV Risk: What's Family Got to Do With It? (June 9, 2011)
If we're to talk seriously about reducing HIV risk among our LGBT brothers and sisters, we have to talk about homophobia within families. In this groundbreaking two-part conversation, we talk with three experts and advocates about the problem -- and how to fix it.
A Love Letter to the LGBT Community of Newark, New Jersey (June 6, 2011)
"Mostly Black and Latino lesbians, gays, bisexual, queer and transgender folks were coming to and fro from Jersey City, Newark, and all parts of New Jersey in between, in search of community, a good time, or some place that felt safer than the homes, apartments, shelters, or street corners from which we were fleeing."
PRIDE, From a Proud HIV-Positive Lesbian: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia (June 1, 2011)
"My running away from home and joining a gang, the things we had to go through in our home with my father, and then having to tell her that I was HIV positive was just enough for [my mother] to handle. I didn't want to give her one more thing to worry about."
Coming in and out of the Closet: A Blog Entry by Ibrahim (June 1, 2011)
"I still have a problem getting close to gay people. I do not feel comfortable passing by a gay sign or getting involved in gay issues. Is this a clear case of internalized homophobia? The answer is no: This is me trying to avoid getting close to my HIV."
Baby I Was Born This Way, But Should it Matter? (June 1, 2011)
"The next time we hear 'Born This Way' blasting on the radio, or consider the idea that we are created gay at birth, we should remember that this argument is a double-edged sword. ... [T]he argument over whether sexuality is innate is actually helping maintain the oppression of the LGBT community."
Running From The Devil: A Blog Entry by Philip D. (June 1, 2011)
Philip reminisces on the thoughts that occupied his 18-year-old mind when the HIV/AIDS pandemic was just beginning -- and recalls the evolution of his life that ultimately resulted in his own positive HIV test.
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