Where the Hell Is Our Community?

  • metta

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    Apr 28, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    Where the Hell Is Our Community?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-j-kaplan/where-the-hell-is-our-community_b_3134082.html
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    Apr 28, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    There is none I really think. All the gay guys around here hate the others.
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 28, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    I think the indifference/silence by the gay community on AIDS/HIV is because today's younger members of the LGBT community (teens - 30-somethings) didn't lose partners, friends, family to AIDS/HIV like those who are 40-something and older , who lost loved ones in the '80s/early '90s. Because of this, the perception of the danger no longer exists, therefore the sense of concern is also diminished.
  • BloodFlame

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    Apr 28, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    braddomo saidThere is none I really think. All the gay guys around here hate the others.


    Kind of true but I wouldn't buy into. There are still plenty of non hateful people here. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 28, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    metta8 saidWhere the Hell Is Our Community?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-j-kaplan/where-the-hell-is-our-community_b_3134082.html


    Right here on RJ, Metta, at least a small part of it.

    In light of the topics that talk about HIV etc, I'm hoping it's a large part of whatever a gay community is. I think it's hard to define such a thing, as being gay is pandemographic after all.
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    Apr 28, 2013 4:18 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidI think the indifference/silence by the gay community on AIDS/HIV is because today's younger members of the LGBT community (teens - 30-somethings) didn't lose partners, friends, family to AIDS/HIV like those who are 40-something and older , who lost loved ones in the '80s/early '90s. Because of this, the perception of the danger no longer exists, therefore the sense of concern is also diminished.


    Yeah.

    I live near Dallas, which has the highest HIV infection rate in the state, and is among the highest in the country.

    Folks have to be responsible.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Apr 28, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    metta8 saidWhere the Hell Is Our Community?


    Boy is that a loaded question.......
  • tuffguyndc

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    Apr 28, 2013 4:38 AM GMT
    i think there is a community. i just think people have sort of taken on the thinking that in this day and time when you know the what will happen if you behave recklessly sexually then you pretty much get what you deserve. which is very disturbing but i feel like that is the way most feel
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    Apr 28, 2013 7:55 AM GMT
    "That which begins in liberation ends in compulsion."
  • calibro

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    Apr 28, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    hiv/aids isn't a gay thing. and it's not an issue that needs political enforcement by the queer lobby the way doma does.
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    Apr 28, 2013 4:26 PM GMT
    I believe the aids/HIV association with the gay community needs to stop. Yes we may have had a large population affected in the past, but I see us now being very conscious of our sexual behaviours now, whereas straight communities continue to see themselves as invincible. By straight populations writing it off as a "gay disease" they leave themselves open to ignorance and infection.
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    Apr 28, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    Hmmm...this is interesting. I thought back across my lifespan (though short in comparison with some people in the forums), and this is what I came up with: society, and communities within, are fickle and flighty as a whole. Remember back when communities rallied around the eradication of drugs (i.e. D.A.R.E. and similar programs)? Remember when communities rallied around saving the environment (Earth Days were a mega-deal)? Remember when third world hunger was an advertised effort to fix? Now if you recall, those were huge issues that everyone was engaged in trying to mend and make right. But over a matter of time, they simply “fell off the radar.” Did the problems go away? Hardly. However, our societal attention span, which seems to be quite short, was averted to something shiny and pretty. The same line of thought applies to this situation—the problem hasn’t gone away...it’s just that our attention is focused on other things. That seems to be a normal cycle of society, which isn’t altered unless something grave happens to put everyone’s attention back on said topic.
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    Apr 29, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
    I blame the internet.