For Bishop Yvette Flunder, her work as a Black woman, a lesbian and clergywoman has been to challenge the stigma and rabid homophobia that has exacerbated the worst parts of the AIDS epidemic and instead preach a gospel of radical inclusivity.
As the owner of Jewel's Catch One, Jewel Thais-Williams used the money from her business to support AIDS organizations and as a space to host fundraisers.
Caitlin Ryan, a lesbian and social worker, as well as first executive director of AIDAtlanta, faced pushback from some gay men who felt that women had no place in the response to AIDS.
“I, of Course, Was Livid” dramatizes the work women living with HIV did to change what was considered an AIDS-defining illness.
“Some people call us southern Georgia,” advocates say.
In the Bronx, poverty, homelessness, and other structural factors are barriers to care for many, but the borough is still making progress in fighting its epidemic.
Performance artists bring together 35 years of art and activism in ‘GENERATOR.’
“I wanted to create a space where we would come together and be forced to look each other in the eye, say hello, speak to each other, and serve as a mirror to each other.”
We often talk of a generation of queer artists we’ve lost to the AIDS epidemic—and indeed, we’ve lost far too many. But happily, many such artists living with HIV are still alive and well, making great work.
Poverty, religious conservatism, and a lack of sexual health education drive the HIV epidemic in Arkansas.