Blog: Under the Lens

By Sarah Chown and Jaedyn Starr | September 2013

To many, intersectionality is a daunting theoretical, academic concept. However, we are about to fill you in on a secret: while there certainly is a litany of theoretical and academic literature on the topic, it is in fact historically rooted in the context of activism, service delivery, and the lives of U.S. women of colour. Kimberlé Crenshaw, who argued that U.S. Black women’s simultaneous experiences of racism and sexism were excluded from services and activism,...

By Sarah Chown | June 2013

HIV prevention, which includes supporting the health and well-being of HIV-positive and HIV-negative men, is an ongoing challenge for ASOs and CBOs. Communities of gay men have been engaged in prevention efforts throughout the epidemic, and responded by producing safer sex resources, advocating for improved medication research and approval processes, demanding attention from politicians and the media, conducting their own research and developing unique prevention initiatives. However, the HIV epidemic is still alive and well...

By Sarah Chown | March 2013

It’s no secret that men have been having sex with men in numerous societies and cultures throughout history. Often, these men’s sexual desires and activity were regulated or prohibited by mainstream religious and legal rules. In 1869, Dr. Benkert, an Austro-Hungarian doctor and sexologist, introduced the term homosexual. This formalized the practice of studying homosexuality as a medical condition. As a result, same-sex sexual activity, and people who engaged in these acts, became subject to...

By Sarah Chown | January 2013

There is increasingly recognition that environmental factors impact health and wellness. However, few theoretical perspectives and limited research data have emerged to incorporate these environmental factors. One theoretical perspective that foreground the social production of adverse health outcomes and health inequalities is syndemics.

By Sarah Chown | November 2012

There is not much attention paid to the differences between the meaning of the words homophobia and heterosexism. However, upon closer examination, it becomes evident that the distinction is more than just semantics: the choice of either word shapes how the issue of gay oppression is understood and thus our approach to developing solutions.

By Sarah Chown | September 2012

Perhaps a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but when it comes to talking about HIV prevention, ‘men who have had sex with men’ (MSM) is just not the same as using sexual identity terms.

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