Every year, the students in our class would change, and it was a new opportunity for me to meet other pupils.
The US has an HIV epidemic – and its victims are gay black men
However, this mentality directly opposes the general stereotype of homosexuals, as people who embrace their femininity. I searched for a gay role model that looked and acted similar to myself, but had no luck finding one. When I give lectures on Aids, I will often tell incredulous audiences early in my presentation that one in every two gay and bisexual men in the US are projected to become HIV positive in their lifetime. This crisis requires using treatment as prevention, increasing sexual education, and undoing the homophobic health disparities caused by racial capitalism in general and the apartheid-like US healthcare system in particular. It sounds ridiculous, but because I longed to have a network and support system I played up to this. Over the same period, the epidemiology of HIV got worse in black America.