Hudson, Darlene; Robinson, William
March 2001
American Journal of Health Studies;2001, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p89
Academic Journal
Brotha== William Robinson of Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church, a unique partnership was formed. Other collaborations with small black businesses evolved over time earning the organization visibility and support from the community. The history of the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) epidemic in the white, gay male community in the U. S. has been well documented. In the early years of the epidemic (the 1980s), AIDS was considered a “gay disease” and was attributed to the lifestyle of gay men. Since many people in African-American communities have historically been in denial about the fact that there are black gays; AIDS came to be viewed by some as a disease “only white, gay, men got” and blacks “got it” when they associated too closely with white gays. This made it convenient for homophobic people, including homophobic people in African-American communities, to dismiss the disease and cite it as proof that God was somehow punishing gay people. In response to the new epidemic, the (mainly white) gay community began to mobilize. They challenged the government, the private sector, and the larger community to make the disease a health priority by taking to the streets in demonstrations and in acts of civil disobedience, by founding organizations to assist the sick, and by challenging the homophobic teachings of some religious institutions.


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