Is Robert Mapplethorpe the only photographer you know who focuses on black subjects? Of course that’s not the same thing as being objectified for being black. This is often the case for black gay men with “imperfect narratives.” Steven Thrasher at Buzzfeed was one of a few exceptions to that.
Michael Johnson’s case catapulted racial justice front and center in the HIV Decriminalization movement in a really historic way.
You know what phrase wasn’t even on my radar a few years ago? It took me some time to realize white privilege isn’t something I “do.” It’s just a fact, a state of being. There is still an incredible amount of racism in the HIV world. And speaking of supporting black culture, I’m seeing the film !
It’s ridiculous that there are very few senior managers and executive directors of HIV organizations that are black. I’m embarrassed to say that in all the years of writing this blog, I’ve only addressed race a handful of times. A lot of white gay men have been slow to confront race, but this is hopefully the beginning of more dialogue.
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The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or (often pejoratively) molester.Spousal sexual abuse is a form of domestic violence.When the abuse involves forced sex, it may constitute rape upon the other spouse, depending on the jurisdiction, and may also constitute an assault.Meanwhile, the AIDS Industrial Complex has been built on black pain. And when you’re white, you are born into a system that wants you to succeed. The inequitable distribution of resources, and the starving of black organizations, has been absolutely criminal. When someone is white they are almost always perceived as more credible than someone black. How does it manifest between gay men, and in the HIV advocacy arena?