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Fighting Homophobia to Fight HIV


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Alvin Starks presents at CHAMP's Community Forum in NYC.

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Fighting Homophobia to Fight HIV

  1. 1. Fighting Homophobia to Fight HIV: Approaches to Unite Movements for LGBTQ Rights & HIV Prevention Justice . Remarks - Alvin Starks, Philanthropic Strategist and Advisor
  2. 2. What Does it Mean to “Unite Different Movements”? <ul><li>Understanding “why” issues are isolated when they commonly embrace similar progressive politics or social justice values. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emerged in different histories and political context; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited relationships and coalition opportunities; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition of oppression and identity; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different infrastructures, financial resources, tools, advocacy language and political/social favor. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What Are the Strategic Opportunities Now? <ul><li>A New Political and Social Framework (the Obama Era?) </li></ul><ul><li>Public Will Towards Common Struggle </li></ul><ul><li>An Open Administration (HIV/AIDS Policy) </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering New Ideas and Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Cross Movement Alliance Building </li></ul>
  4. 4. A Human Rights Framework <ul><ul><li>Highest Standard of Rights & Dignity, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases Cross Movement Alliances, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes Advocacy Towards Rights and Values, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used In New Advocacy Models - Criminal Justice, Racial Justice and HIV/AIDS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing Inclusion Towards Sexuality </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Structural Racism Frame As Used in Progressive Reform <ul><li>Understanding the Complexities of Race & Class Disparities in the 21st Century </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Civil Rights Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>“ Unnatural Causes” Health Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Moving from Individual to Structural </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dream Differently <ul><li>Advance and Expand the Current Political Will </li></ul><ul><li>Promote New Leadership and Innovative Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Build Opportunities for Cross Movement Work </li></ul><ul><li>Address Race & Class Inside the LGBT Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>New Narratives to Reduce HIV/AIDS Stigma and Homophobia </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/AIDS as Health Justice and Human Rights </li></ul>