chapter  7
12 Pages

Aids and Action (1980–1990s)

ByJennifer Brier

This essay details how people living with HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ people have responded to the HIV/AIDS epidemic over almost four decades. It argues that the actions undertaken by activists and health care providers to fight HIV/AIDS have consistently pushed beyond biomedical solutions to treat illness, and in the process have made stark the reality that AIDS travels along lines of structural inequality and that fighting it requires expansive and intersectional intervention. This history of action around and against HIV/AIDS provides powerful examples of how LGBTQ people have interrogated the systems, structures, and ideologies of normativity, and demanded health and justice.