ISGMH was proud to host our first Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture in Evanston last week. Dr. Jennifer Brier, the director for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s program in Women’s and Gender Studies, examined the history of HIV/AIDS in a talk titled “How to Have History in an Epidemic: Can History Make You Healthy?” Dr. Brier shared oral histories from Chicago women living with HIV/AIDS to showcase the voices that aren’t traditionally heard in our narratives around the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She stressed that “AIDS was never a white gay man disease – AIDS follows lines of structural inequality.” Dr. Brier and audience members wrestled with the complexities involved in stringing together a complete, intersectional narrative of the epidemic. Dr. Brier argued that an understanding of the intersectional history of HIV/AIDS is necessary for developing culturally relevant and effective prevention and intervention efforts. A recording of the lecture can be viewed here.
ISGMH thanks the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) and the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies for their co-sponsorship of this event. Read about our upcoming Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lectures here.