With HIV, It's Easy to Impose Beliefs on Others Instead of Offering Compassion, Care and Inclusion: A Blog Entry by Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
"I have found through my own experience that religious groups have failed to offer compassion, care and inclusion to those of us living with HIV/AIDS," Harold Scott writes.
"As LGBTQ people who lived through the AIDS crisis, we know what it looks like and feels like to be scapegoated and isolated in the midst of a crisis that actually requires solidarity, empathy and collaboration from all quarters," states a letter sig...
Khadijah Abdullah and others at RAHMA are focusing support, not blame, breaking down the barriers to care and support for brothers and sisters in Islam living with HIV. They'll host their first retreat this summer.
Here's a sampling of voices of people living with HIV recalling their own encounters with faith.
From the outside, Rev. Andrena Ingram's childhood looked charmed -- an attentive, stay-at-home mother, a father, a nice home in Queens, NY. But on the inside, Ingram recalls feeling strange.
"This is spiritual work, and I feel as if I am spiritually guided," explains Shabazz-El of the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN). "My story is one where God has purposely placed people in my life."
"It was somewhat of a surprise as I sat in the quiet of the fellowship hall, hoping for an HIV support group to appear, that Ernest would appear instead to be my support," Rev. Ingram writes.
In the light of the death of Victor Pond, a loved one writes about the danger of HIV denialist rhetoric.
Raising awareness is no longer enough, say scholar-activists seeking to draw attention to the ways in which Christian politics of gender and sexuality help to foster the spread of HIV/AIDS.
As told at the Faith Based Symposium on HIV in Baltimore, Maryland, June 19, 2014.
It was hard coming up with something to talk with you about. I didn't want to be up here talking just to hear myself talk, but I wanted it to be something memorable, ...