Day 25: HIV and the LGBTQ Community
In the 1980s, the sudden spread of disease and death in neighborhoods of predominantly gay mxn linked the issue of AIDS with LGBTQ folk. Many referred to the AIDS outbreak as the “gay plague”, fueling homophobic attitudes and stigmas surrounding the community and excusing discrimination. In 1988, gay activist Vito Russo advocated for the rights of LGBTQ folk in his “Why We Fight” speech, arguing that the system’s marginalization of the community is to blame for the disease’s popularity. In time, it became known that AIDS was a human issue and affected many people despite sexuality, gender, and racial identities. However, due to this stereotype, various individuals continue to perpetuate stigmas surrounding HIV services in relation to the LGBTQ community.
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