First off Id like to say that this post has not been approved by the entire Task Force and thus this is an opinion piece and not the stated public policy of the CUNY LGBT Task Force.
AIDS! HIV! how many people have died as a result of this bitter microscopic virus? I have had the good fortune to be in a minor position of leadership in our community and thus, I am very grateful and mindful of my public statements. But friends and family and supporters, I would like to give you an opinion; one that is probably different from yours. I ask that you fairly evaluate it and consider it.
Would you bring condoms to a funeral? It would probably be in very poor taste, you would probably be removed from the funeral. In my cultural context a stabbing might occur as a grandson of a proud Sicilian immigrant.
Student LGBTQ organizations provide safe sex education most of the year. Ask anyone where to get condoms and lube and they will direct you to the “Gay Group” I am a bit resentful that we even have to teach straight people to fuck safely. How many times are we responsible for the condom demonstration? how many times must we discuss spermicide?
How did we earn the yolk of providing safe sex education to the world? ask any gay activist and you will learn most of us are HIV certified counselors, peer counselors, anti-violence counselors, and alike.
It feels like this paradigm is set up to tell us all, this is the gay plague and you’re responsible to fix it. My band of brothers and sisters are not responsible for this mess as we have been the victims of this indiscriminate assault on our bodies and very soul.
Can we have one day to properly mourn the dead? can we have one day to think about the lives of those we lost? can we have peace in our minds and souls?
No we can’t because of the commercialization of World Aids Day, we must engage in activities that are offensive to our community. Bob died because he did not use a condom. Its his fault, we engage in blaming the victim.
Please let us have one day. I promise we will return to being good little faggots and dykes and preach on the alter on Nancy Reagan the miracles of safe sex.
Can we have one day?