Articles tagged with: internalized stigma

Like the Mark of Cain, we carry stigma with us.

published: March, 01, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "... I wonder if, in some ways, we perpetuate stigma by trying to diminish it."

Like the Mark of Cain, we carry stigma with us.

"Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him" Genesis 4:15-16 I see a lot of campaigns about reducing stigma and each time I see a new one there's a little knot in my stomach that makes me uncomfortable. While I strongly believe that we need to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination, I wonder if, in some ways, we perpetuate stigma by trying to diminish it. Here some people's heads will be exploding, but nonetheless, every time we talk about how we're stigmatiz

Religion + gay sex = guilt?

published: September, 21, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Spirituality, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

"Religion has a part to play in society, of that I’m sure. But the relationship between religion and the LGBT community needs to be examined," says FS Magazine's Mark Reed

Religion + gay sex = guilt?

This article by Mark Reed originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  “As a devout Roman Catholic I know I’m committing a mortal sin which must be confessed. It's difficult to square that with the concept that God made me who I am, what I am, have a divine purpose, and more importantly, isn’t answering my prayers to be free from this sexual self or give this former husband and father a more acceptable outlet.” - Randy, USA via FS porn survey 2016 Last year, th

Floating above water

published: January, 27, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Jason Cole

Jason R Cole says “It’s no secret that internalized stigma can surprise you” and make you the “sick person”, once again. How do you combat that? Read on.

Floating above water

One of the first things I am often lauded with is how open I am about my HIV status. I am open about my status for three distinct reasons: I believe my sexual partners have a right to make an informed decision regarding their sexual health, by knowing all the facts; because I believe the best way to educate others is through open and compassionate dialogue; and because I know that the law is not necessarily on our side. By our side, I mean us HIVers.  That last reason is crucial, because it

Rules to play by

published: November, 02, 2015 Written by // Samantha Categories // Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Our Samantha takes aim at those who use the term “internalized stigma” as a negative attribute instead of recognizing that being diagnosed is a traumatic event that even has consequences on the friendships we try to maintain

Rules to play by

Definition of Trauma - Oxford English Dictionary: “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience” I hesitated for a long time about writing this and went as far as to mention to the editor how I felt as though I was whining about a topic that is all too familiar in people living with HIV. That was until I saw a conversation on social media about trauma, disclosure and variants of violence, whether it is psychological or physical, against people living with HIV.  It confirmed that my emo