qnotes is pleased to partner with Different Roads Home, Rosedale Infectious Diseases and Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) in presenting this special section, “Life, Positively”, in recognition of World AIDS Day.
Within an LGBTQ movement largely focused on the advancement of marriage equality, artist Jessica Whitbread has chosen to channel her personal experience with HIV into art and activism. The Toronto native and Wesley Mancini artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation was diagnosed with HIV in 2002.
The HIV epidemic in the African-American community is one of the biggest under-reported stories of the past few decades.
Since contributing to the “Charlotte Talks” discussion on local LGBTQ youth homelessness and HIV/AIDS, as part of the larger conversation on affordable housing, several people have commented on my challenge to local organizations serving the homeless to begin tracking LGBTQ youth.