Whether you want to point to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger slashing AIDS funding or a new strain of HIV sourced to gorillas, there’s never a better time to re-up the focus on the most preventable disease afflicting LGBTs. How splendid, then, to hear from the likes of Judge Penny Brown Reynolds demanding black churches take on HIV/AIDS with as much fervor as any socio-political issue affecting their communities.
you go girl!
Thank you for posting this! Most of my friends and queer allies in the black community from religious backgrounds (and there are a ton!) recognize that AIDS/HIV doesn’t have to be the elephant in the room anymore.
I don’t think this preacher likes white people so don’t get too excited.
I have no idea as to why Queerty would take the ultra niaive position of calling AIDS the “most preventable disease” affecting GLBT’s .
Apparently you have never had sexual contact of any proportion so don’t even know what it is to be gay and realized. If you don’t have sex there is not much sense in being gay. True you can get just get married and beat off, but many people deserve to know the full joy of being gay.
You sound like George Bush, or an old nun. Of course it’s preventable, but at what price emotionally. Gays need to be proactive in seeking a cure, and getting the government to spend the money that it takes.
It will be superlative if the Religious communities would turn their considerable energies from hating people to doing something positive for the earth& humanity: their supposed task. I have heard that some younger peole are seeking to be activists on the environmental front as well. These would be positive, not destructive things.
This is actually a trend increasing in the US. See what happened in Baltimore two weeks ago.
I watched that “Reclaiming the Dream” show last night. They talked about LGBT issues but focusing ONLY in the HIV pandemic among Black people -which is important but it gives the sense that both are necessarily related (being LGBT=getting infected) which can promote homophobia at the end.
The panelists in that show said things that I think most people already know, so they sounded to me like an Obama speech: very nice words to hear but at the end, nothing new is said. Also they talked and talked blaming especially Black people of their problems. Now I wonder how many African Americans trust what comes out of CNN anyways.
I have too many problems with the black church. If people would think about how blacks in this country even came to be Christian they would realize right then that the religion is bullshit. But I have been seeing more churches tackling AIDS in black communities. In New Orleans some churches have billboards advertising AIDS/HIV awareness seminars and what not. So it’s good to see that people aren’t ignoring it.
I think grassroots efforts are great. You can’t always (or hardly ever, really) just throw money at a problem and expect it to go away.
The fact that some people, at the local level, are standing up for something so terrible is good in my book, and good for our community, the black community, and America at large.
Miss Cookie you dumb ass bitch shut the fuck up!
That’s exactly the strategy which the party successfully followed in the local elections – maximising votes where they were needed. ,
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