that thing where hiv negative guys find out you’re poz and ask you to fuck them bare and you’re all like, “i would but i’d rather not go to jail if you turn out to be a prick and vitiate our consensual agreement at a later date.”
WORKING CONDITIONS by RYAN CONRAD
Hustlers, hookers, dancers, rent boys, escorts, trade, or just your average gay university student looking for a generou$ older gentleman to help pay rising tuition costs: we are everywhere. While very public battles are being waged between radical feminists and anti-sex work feminists over the legalization of sex work in Canada, male sex workers have been largely left out of the conversation and rendered nearly invisible. While patriarchy and misogyny account for the heightened stakes in the battle between feminists over sex work, male sex workers also face similar safety related working conditions including those gestured towards in the text of this poster. These working conditions are framed and further compounded by poverty, classism, racism, ableism, hetrosexism, transphobia, sexphobia, serophobia, gender based-stereotypes, and the failure to recognize sex work as a form of labor. Sex workers, like all other laborers, deserve safe healthy working conditions and the dignity to work without shame, stigma, fear, or exploitation. This poster was designed in collaboration with Mikiki and with feedback from other sex workers, artists, and service providers.
Please Don’t Infect Me, I’m Sorry || GAWKER by Rich Juzwiak
I used to read Rich’s old blog from time to time, but this article really makes him sound like an ignorant dick. It’s embarrassing that some gay men just wait for other people to educate them.
And then there are passages like this:
“It wasn’t until he got clean that he realized the true value of himself – now he says he’s healthier than he’s ever been. He has an insanely cut-up torso to prove it.”
What exactly is it about this article that is making people say it’s a “must read”?
If I were to write a response article it would be titled, “PLEASE DON’T CONDESCEND TO ME, I’M NOT SORRY FOR BEING POZ: YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FUCKING HUGS, YOU WEASLY COWARD” by Rich “i know it’s wrong but i think HIV people are really dangerous and as long as i never get HIV i don’t really have to confront my fear with anything but bigotry disguised as pseudo-science” Juzwiak
The comments on this Gawker article are making me want to suicide.
…”YOU CAN’T GET MORE AIDS, RIGHT?”
MIKIKI with SCOTT DONALD
FUCK YEAH AIDS ACTION NOW POSTERS!
Not to mention terrifying………….. If I knew that every time I would have sex I could be accused of sexual assault I would’ve worn a condom all those years back.
Resistance is a fraught term. I am told to fear it: this is the last word that I ever want to hear from my doctor. But in resistance there is also power. I want to resist the apocalyptic narratives that I have written for myself, that have been written about me. I want to resist the notion that my HIV diagnosis was inevitable, because I was a faggot, because I was a slut, because I was alone. I want to resist a society that would blame me for my choices, that would reinforce my fears at every turn with laws that criminalize non-disclosure and promote a culture of stigma and apathy that robs everyone of the agency to self-determine their own sexual health and well-being. I want to resist the virus in my body in order to live a long, happy, and meaningful life.