Posts Tagged ‘ HIV/AIDS ’

Asha Kowtal and Thenmozhi Soundararajan: The Journey towards Liberation

May 2, 2014
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By Sonia J. Cheruvillil Part 2 **** In 2012, the Haryana district in India witnessed a significant and historic moment in Dalit women’s movement.  Organized and led by Dalit women – the Dalit Mahila Garima Yatra (Dalit Women’s Dignity March) traveled to ten districts across the state of Haryana. The Yatra met with survivors,...
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What We Lose When We Focus Our Discussion on Jared Leto Rather than Rayon: Queer Politics and the Forgotten Heroes of the AIDS Crisis

March 17, 2014
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By Mairead Sullivan While Rayon’s death in the Dallas Buyers Club was not the stereotypical death of a tragic transgender character, it was a tragic death stereotypical of the millions of victims of the AIDS crisis that continues to plague our communities, as well as set the global political agenda in regards to health,...
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Introducing: Squeezed Between Feminisms (But Not Benedict Cumberbatch)

October 7, 2013
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Introducing: Squeezed Between Feminisms (But Not Benedict Cumberbatch)

By Andrea Plaid and Tami Winfrey Harris; crossposted at Squeezed Between Feminisms Tami: You had to work Benedict Cumberbatch in here, didn’t you? I’m beginning to think you’re secretly a bigger fan than I am! I’m no stranger to Andrea shenanigans. We’ve known each other, what, five or six years? Andrea: Sis, I know...
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Op Ed: An Open Letter to the Mainstream LGBT Movement

May 5, 2013
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Op Ed: An Open Letter to the Mainstream LGBT Movement

“There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives.” – Audre Lorde Dear Mainstream LGBT Movement, In a recent advertisement for a local “Give Out Day” event, the organization, South Carolina Equality, asserted that only five percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons...
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Disclosure

March 26, 2013
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By David J. Malebranche His 26 year old body was calculating comfortable, sprawled over a disheveled collection of towels and sheets constituting a makeshift mattress, littered with blood-tinged gauze pads, a towel soiled with oral secretions and a crusty suction tube. Upon seeing me enter the room, his weary eyes shifted from his digital...
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Indian Sex Workers More Than Vectors of Disease

December 13, 2012
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Indian Sex Workers More Than Vectors of Disease

By Gowri Vijayakumar Embedded within a recent New York Times piece about sex work in India is a problematic set of assumptions—a conflation of individualization with autonomy, linked to the strange implication that women’s autonomy is dangerous, a gateway to disease and social breakdown. Because I study sex work and HIV prevention in India,...
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Concluding TFW's Forum on World AIDS Day 2012

December 2, 2012
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Concluding TFW's Forum on World AIDS Day 2012

Today marks the conclusion of our Forum on World AIDS Day, but we are committed to making space for critical conversations on HIV/AIDS throughout the year. Indeed, we must remember, as writer and visual artist Ted Kerr reminds us: ”Every day is World AIDS Day, once a year the media remembers.” As we bring this...
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HIV and Bumming Cigarettes: A Conversation With tiona.m.

December 1, 2012
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HIV and Bumming Cigarettes: A Conversation With tiona.m.

I first met award-winning Black lesbian filmmaker tiona.m. (Tiona McClodden) in Atlanta in spring 2005 when she was working as a freelance videographer at Spelman College. I was in the near final post-production stages of my film NO! The Rape Documentary when I was an Artist-in-Residence at Spelman College’s Women’s Resource and Research Center’s...
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The Work, Frontline HIV Prevention Workers, & the Labor of Love Yet To Be Done

December 1, 2012
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The Work, Frontline HIV Prevention Workers, & the Labor of Love Yet To Be Done

By: Lillian Rivera, MPH & Edgar Rivera Colón, PhD December 1st, World AIDS Day, represents a multitude of things to people involved in addressing and living with the enduring global pandemic. Our own lives would have been very different if the HIV/AIDS crisis had not visited and wreaked havoc upon the communities of our concern...
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HIV/AIDS in the Prison Industrial Complex

November 30, 2012
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HIV/AIDS in the Prison Industrial Complex

By Sandy Guillaume As the United States prepared to mark another World AIDS Day (WAD), I wondered to myself: What catchy slogan will be used this year to call attention to the never-ending fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS? This year’s slogan, “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation,” assumes that we are actually “working together.” But...
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  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    I see the whole thing played out.
    I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped.
    My story is reduced to filler
    buried in the back of the paper,
    on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
photograph: ©Elizabeth Ho

    By M. Nzadi Keita                     after Toni Cade Bambara   death rides a silencer into your blood and swims toward the mind what you remember starts with a smile a raw edge a single snip from the someone dead it is [...]

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
©Susan J. Ross

    Toni Cade made an art of living
    Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved
    Toni listened and we were validated
    She is the breast that fed our union
    Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment

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