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J Homosex. 2016 Dec;63(12):1749-1763. Epub 2016 Apr 4.

Love, Lust, and Loss in the Early Age of AIDS: The Discourse in the Body Politic From 1981 to 1987.

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a Department of Health Policy and Equity, Faculty of Health , York University , Toronto , Ontario , Canada.


This article explores the idea that the AIDS epidemic constituted a defining moment for the Canadian gay rights movement and illuminates the intricate power dynamics of the development of a community identity. Using grounded theory inductive and deductive content analysis, and interviews with activists from the Body Politic magazine, this article considers notions of health "from above" and "from below" by examining relations between the community and government and their confrontation with medicalization and the medical profession. I also examine how the magazine reported and negotiated issues related to the community's self-policing and "self-managed oppression" through efforts to promote safer sex and risk reduction.


Bio-citizenship; Body Politic; HIV/AIDS; gay rights/liberation; safer sex

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