From "Temp Job" to Career: A Quarter Century in the Fight Against HIV

December 4, 2011
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From "Temp Job" to Career: A Quarter Century in the Fight Against HIV

By Al Cunningham My perspective on HIV prevention continues to be driven by the circumstances under which I became involved in this work 25 years ago.  What Reggie Williams (founding Executive Director) and I, and most, if not all of the original volunteer members of the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention (NTFAP) had in common was the altruistic urge to make a difference.  In that regard, I often...
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Positively Speaking: An Interview with Maria Mejia

December 1, 2011
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Positively Speaking: An Interview with Maria Mejia

By: C. Jones The Feminist Wire has decided to place the voices of persons living with HIV/AIDS at the center of its 2011 World AIDS Day forum. From my perspective as an HIV-positive person, elevating the voices of persons living with HIV/AIDS in the ivory tower, public square, and media sphere is a vitally important step in educating the public about HIV and AIDS. Yet, our voices and experiences...
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TFW Editorial Collective and Guest Responses to the 2011 WAD Challenge

December 1, 2011
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TFW Editorial Collective and Guest Responses to the 2011 WAD Challenge

What will need to happen to achieve the goal of eliminating new HIV infections, AIDS related deaths, and discrimination? What can we do, collectively, to get to zero?   Monica J. Casper Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases is Goal 6 of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. It follows Goals 4 (Reduce Child Mortality) and 5 (Improve Maternal Health). Goal 1 is to end poverty and hunger. Around...
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2011 World AIDS Forum: Featured Poet: Octavia McBride-Ahebee

December 1, 2011
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2011 World AIDS Forum: Featured Poet: Octavia McBride-Ahebee

The Japanese Teahouse To Greg Witcher I can now see the skirt hems of hants stitched by the hands of the living they keep with them in this sphere the shame and vanity of us all and so hide their naked spirits in calico gowns shielding indigo slips made loose for easy movementLa Fleur cannot see the ghosts of this house vying for perfume and overripe papaya spreading like...
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2011 World AIDS Forum: Featured Poet: Cheryl Clarke

November 30, 2011
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2011 World AIDS Forum: Featured Poet: Cheryl Clarke

one million black women and no mention of HIV/AIDS?     vi.  In this hostile corridor A quickening nostalgia suffuses me, this late evening fin de siecle between two endangered sites. The marvelous have been blighted by a blood borne scourge. Flamboyantly frail, good looking, still marvelous you nourish these failing geographies. As I face your graceful soliticitous- ness over the counter of this nasty KFC and am dazzled...
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2011 World AIDS Forum: Featured Poet: Tim’m T. West

November 30, 2011
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2011 World AIDS Forum: Featured Poet: Tim’m T. West

“medicine”   how i do it this not-always-easy how i keep strong on weak(er) days is i think of the joy beckoning for me to claim the stuff of dreams and fantasy the weightlessness my pillows hold holding them like a wish how i do it is i keep keepin’ the promise i make to myself daily that i deserve and am gonna get it and think… this might...
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2011 World AIDS Forum

November 29, 2011
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2011 World AIDS Forum

If the AIDS epidemic has revealed the fragmentation of our society and more importantly the breakdown of African American communities, then, in the end, to truly contain it, we must find the political will to make it whole. What is needed goes far beyond federal support of innovative and creative programs to reach and help individuals and their families. What is needed is a Civil Rights Movement organized around...
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Call for Submissions: Trans-Scripts, an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine

November 29, 2011
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Volume II: 2012, “Queer Interventions and Intersections” Journal Publication Date: April 15, 2012 Deadline for the submission of papers: January 1, 2012 Trans-Scripts – a new interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences based at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work for publication. The theme of the second volume will be “Queer Interventions and Intersections.” While some argue that the...
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Media, Sports and Black Queer Youth: Tayshana Murphy and the Dimming of Stars

November 28, 2011
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Media, Sports and Black Queer Youth: Tayshana Murphy and the Dimming of Stars

I didn’t know Tayshana Murphy was gay. I’m from Harlem, and I like to think I’m tapped into important conversations among New York’s LGBTQ people of color communities. I learned of 18-year-old Murphy’s murder early on September 11th  of this year—heard about it, in fact, from an auntie of mine before I heard it on the news. Both sources framed it as a modern-day Sophoclean-style tragedy, in which someone...
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Locating Paule Marshall

November 25, 2011
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Locating Paule Marshall

The first time I encountered Paule (silent ‘e’) Marshall, I was an undergraduate—a first-generation college student—at the University of Chicago. I was majoring in sociology and trying to figure out my place in the world of ideas. I vividly remember the frisson of excitement I felt when I pulled one of Marshall’s books off the shelf at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. My selection was The Chosen Place, The Timeless...
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Giving Thanks

November 24, 2011
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Giving Thanks

All of us at TFW wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! While you are enjoying your day with family and friends, we hope that you will take a moment to read just a few of our “notables” of which we are most thankful for this holiday season: 11 Months of feminist reporting since our founding 241 New feminist essays 20,000 Monthly readers 32 Pingbacks 7,918 Active Facebook users...
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