AIDS Activism from North to Global

Authored by: Christophe Broqua , Sharon Calandra

The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409457091
eBook ISBN: 9781315613147
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042914


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When AIDS appeared in 1981, gay activism already existed in various parts of the world. In North American and Western European countries, and also in some South American or Asian countries, gay men were the first to react against the epidemic (Altman 1994: 19–24), immediately establishing a close link between gay and AIDS activism (Adam et al. 1999). In other countries in the global South, particularly in Africa, this link did not exist, but over time, men who have sex with men (MSM) were regarded as affected by the epidemic nearly everywhere in the world.

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