I wanted a glimpse of the life I could have — someone who looked like me and could understand my struggle. It was what gay society told me was the pinnacle of male beauty. For a long time, I thought that coming out would open doors to a place where I could be open about my identity without judgement. As gay men, we all go through an emotional journey to discover a sense of self; to allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to come out and let our lives fall into place. And while I found acceptance in innumerable ways through friends, coming out also meant entering a world brimming with a distinct, ubiquitous form of discrimination — where racism runs rampant and everyone is boxed into manufactured stereotypes.
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While South Florida continues to have the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses in the country, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Latino men have the highest rates of HIV infection among different demographic groups. Stephen Fallon is the Executive Director of Latinos Salud , an organization he founded in to help Latino men find a safe space to get tested, find support, and educate themselves on the South-Florida HIV epidemic. He joined Sundial to talk about why Latino men are disproportionately affected by the epidemic, and what his organization is trying to do to fix it. WLRN: At what point did state and local leaders recognize the extent of the problem down here [Florida] and started doing something about it? The CDC [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] funding model had been to put the funding where the epidemic had been, rather than where it was going.
Latino Men Have Highest Rates of South Florida HIV Infections
Coming out is never easy, but it's especially difficult in the Latino community. As a culture, there are still strides we need to take when it comes to accepting homosexuality. Much of the Latino community tends to still embrace machista and anti-gay sentiments, which explains why it sometimes takes our people, like Ricky Martin , so long to come out as gay. When photos of the late singer Jenni Rivera 's year-old son Johnny Lopez and his boyfriend Joaquin came out in , they went viral and the internet had a field day. But Johnny quickly shut the haters down by officially coming out in a video he recorded with his older sister, Chiquis Rivera, and shared to Facebook.
The Census Bureau asks Americans about subjects as varied as race, age, annual income and even their source of home heating. But there is one glaring demographic omission: The census does not ask people about their sexual orientation. As a result, there has long been a shroud of uncertainty around the geography of gay and lesbian Americans. A new analysis of Gallup survey data offers the most detailed estimates yet about where people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender live. The Gallup analysis finds the largest concentrations in the West — and not just in the expected places like San Francisco and Portland, Ore.