Podcast AIDS, Black Women and Black Prisoners

Today, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. Women of color are especially affected by HIV infection and AIDS according to the CDC*. HIV infection was the leading cause of death for black women (including African American women) aged 25–34.

Given that condoms are not given out in prison, injectable drugs and tattoos are also present, and after release prisoners are likely to have goo health care and are in “communities of denial” it is very likely that the higher incarceration of people of color will lead to a disproportionate rate of HIV infection in women of color. This is also a function of the fact that men seeking men for sex have no counterpart in women.

AIDS, Black Women and Black Prisoners

Today, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. Women of color are especially affected by HIV infection and AIDS according to the CDC*. HIV infection was the leading cause of death for black women (including African American women) aged 25–34. African-Americans aret 12 percent of the United States’ population, but […]

Racism in the LGBT world

Now Is the Time to Start Talking About Racism in the LGBT Community The LGBT community endorses — marriage equality for all — perhaps the next major issue to address: LGBT representation has been dominated by cisgender gay white men.Gay black men like my husband experience racism as a “double-minority” in stores, clubs, and work. […]

Immigration Reform Part 2 : LGBT Immigrants

So far, so good. President Obama has given opportunity to immigrants to “come out” (see earlier blog), but how about those that have to come out as immigrants and queer? As a gay man and a first generation immigrant I applaud him. LGBT people who were deported and returned to the US will not have to fear being […]

Supreme Court Delivers Tacit Win to Gay Marriage

Supreme Court and Marriage Equality The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) surprised us yesterday and let stand appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five more states.(In, OK, UT, VA and WI).  SCOTUS increased the number of states allowing same-sex marriage to 24, along with the District of Columbia, up from 19 and the decision could expand […]

The Law and People of Color Gabfest

Last night the chapter had a great Gabfest on the topic of Legislation affecting people of color at the US  border*, California and the Nation. Slides were presented that tackled these three subjects and offered the prognoses for the outcome of these laws. The first topic which brought out a lot of discussion involved the current surge […]