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  •  Films like that can be particularly dangerous (7+ / 0-)

    for young, gay black men, however, and especially those who are +HIV.

    I was recently at a conference on health disparities, where the discussion of this particular demographic and the degree to which shame is part of their daily lives came up.  AIDS educators and older, non-African American gay men who were positive were both trying to stress the degree to which reaching this group of people was so difficult, precisely because of these kinds of "tales" that run through the (not directly spoken, but certainly implied African American) community.

    What was startling was when one foster father of a young gay black man talked about how none of the discussions seemed to get through to his son.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:09:30 PM PDT

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    •  Gay black men are the demographic . . . (6+ / 0-)

      most heavily affected by this epidemic.  I have seen estimates that in some urban areas, the rate of HIV infection among gay black men is almost as high as 1 in 2.  For many reasons, their demographic can also be challenging to reach in terms of prevention education.

      That's why I dislike seeing messages like this in a movie that's going to have such a wide audience.  The last thing any community affected by HIV needs is more stigma, and I fear this film is just going to perpetuate the myths and stereotypes about HIV that have dogged us for years.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:24:13 PM PDT

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