Black History Month event addresses homophobia, HIV

By Patrick Erwin, editor in chief

This week, Truman hosts a Black History Month event that addresses the “down low” experience – the lives of African-American gay men who are in the closet – and its impact on HIV/AIDS in the black community.

This New York Times article from 2003 explains the down low phenomenon in greater detail. (NOTE: The contents of the NYT article contains some graphic language.) Men who are bisexual or gay often meet and marry women while continuing to have sex with men.

Truman’s event, hosted by the LGBTQ club, says that it will discuss “the tendency to blame closeted gay black men for the HIV epidemic among black Americans.”

The event will be held tomorrow, Feburary 13, at 11:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.


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