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Homophobia and HIV Risk: What's Family Got to Do With It? Part One

    Sarah Schulman
    Sarah Schulman, Professor of English, City University of New York and author of Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences
    Darnell L. Moore
    Darnell L. Moore, Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, and Project Manager, Sakia Gunn High School for Civic Engagement
    Kara Tucina Olidge, Ph.D.
    Kara Tucina Olidge, Ph.D., Director of HMI To Go: Newark, Hetrick-Martin Institute
    "Right now, all of the stigma is on homosexuality. And I think we have to shift the focus, and say homosexuality is not the subject; the subject is _homophobia_. _Homophobia_ destroys families. _Homophobia_ causes violence. _Homophobia_ is antisocial." \-- Sarah Schulman
    "How do we get young people to understand those differences so that they can begin to articulate with their families that their sexuality is one among many differences that exist in families?" \-- Kara Tucina Olidge, Ph.D.
    "If that affirmation came from other spaces, young men would not have to go to parks after dark and hide. They wouldn't have to be on train tracks, on street corners, without access to condoms, without access to things that could keep them healthy, if they had spaces that could fortify them otherwise." \-- Darnell Moore
    Olivia G. Ford

    Olivia G. Ford


    Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for and