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In Changing Times

Gay Men and Lesbians Encounter HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been a major catastrophe for gay communities. In less than two decades, the disease has profoundly changed the lives of gay men and lesbians. Not just a biological and viral agent, HIV has become an opportunistic social invader, reshaping communities and the distribution of wealth, altering the social careers of gay professionals and the patterns of entry into gay and lesbian life, and giving birth to groups like ACT UP and Queer Nation.

The distinguished contributors to this volume discuss the ways HIV/AIDS has changed collective and individual identities, as well as lives, of gay men and lesbians, and how these alterations have changed our perceptions of the epidemic. They cover such topics as the impact of the epidemic on small towns, cultural barriers to AIDS prevention, gay youth and intergenerational relations, and the roles of lesbians in AIDS organizations. This collection provides compelling insights into the new communities among gay men and lesbians and the new kinds of identities and relationships that are emerging from the social and cultural ferment engendered by HIV/AIDS.

Contributors include Barry D. Adam, Lourdes Arguelles, Rafael Miguel Diaz, John H. Gagnon, Gilbert Herdt, Gregory M. Herek, Nan D. Hunter, Peter M. Nardi, John L. Peterson, Anne Rivero, Gayle S. Rubin, Beth E. Schneider, and Nancy E. Stoller.

321 pages | 8 line drawings, 5 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1997

Gay and Lesbian Studies

Gender and Sexuality

Table of Contents

Preface by John H. Gagnon
Introduction by John H. Gagnon and Peter M. Nardi
1: Mobilizing around AIDS: Sites of Struggle in the Formation of AIDS Subjects
Barry D. Adam
2: Censorship and Identity in the Age of AIDS
Nan D. Hunter
3: Friends, Lovers, and Families: The Impact of AIDS on Gay and Lesbian Relationships
Peter M. Nardi
4: Spiritual Emergencies and Psycho-Spiritual Treatment Strategies among Gay/Homosexual Latinos with HIV Disease
Lourdes Arguelles, Anne Rivero.
5: Elegy for the Valley of Kings: AIDS and the Leather Community in San Francisco, 1981-1996
Gayle S. Rubin
6: Owning an Epidemic: The Impact of AIDS on Small-City Lesbian and Gay Communities
Beth E. Schneider
7: From Feminism to Polymorphous Activism: Lesbians in AIDS Organizations
Nancy E. Stoller
8: The HIV Epidemic and Public Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay Men
Gregory M. Herek
9: Latino Gay Men and Psycho-Cultural Barriers to AIDS Prevention
Rafael Miguel Diaz
10: Intergenerational Relations and AIDs in the Formation of Gay Culture in the United States
Gilbert Herdt
11: AIDS-Related Risks and Same-Sex Behaviors among African American Men
John L. Peterson
Notes on Contributors

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