Silence, Omissions, and the Black Male Gay Body: HIV and the Unaccounted for Black Lives

Posted: 13 Oct 2016

Date Written: October 12, 2016

Abstract

While HIV diagnoses for Black (CIS) women continue to fall, Black gay men continue to be the one of the groups for which HIV continues to be a major crisis. While the national conversation about vulnerability and premature death targeting Black bodies has turned its full attention to the endless and daily spectacle of state violence and police killings and social movement scholars laud queer, trans, and Black women leaders bringing intersectional analysis to the streets we have yet to provide an account of how Black people are dying that thinks across the many different forms of state and social violence, which also often results in premature death. The national conversation about HIV/AIDS and the overlapping ways in which racism, homo- and trans-phobia continues to structure the lives of Black gay men and transgender people has yet to spark national outcry or social movements that include forms of violence and premature death not marked by the spark of a police revolver. This paper contends with our focus on spectacular forms of violence, memorial, and mourning that are avoiding the ways that Black gay men in particular are still dying prematurely of HIV/AIDS.

Suggested Citation

Farrow, Kenyon, Silence, Omissions, and the Black Male Gay Body: HIV and the Unaccounted for Black Lives (October 12, 2016). 2017 National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) Annual Meeting, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2851608

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