Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
My Desire for HistoryEssays in Gay, Community, and Labor History$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Allan Berube, John D'Emilio, and Estelle B. Freedman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834794

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877982_berube

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 29 July 2021

Don't Save Us from Our Sexuality

Don't Save Us from Our Sexuality

Chapter:
(p.62) Chapter 3 Don't Save Us from Our Sexuality
Source:
My Desire for History
Author(s):

Allan Bérubé

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877982_berube.6

This essay discusses the “Gay Plague,” the AIDS epidemic that continues to take its deadly toll in the gay community. The mysterious disease exhausts doctors, baffles researchers, challenges public health officials, divides the gay community, panics the public, and tantalizes the Moral Majority. It triggers everyone's anxieties about the nitty-gritty of gay sex. By 1984, AIDS was coming to dominate gay male life in the United States. The situation was particularly acute in San Francisco, which had the heaviest concentration of diagnosed cases of any city in the nation. AIDS exacerbated the tendency to demonize gay male sexuality, a situation complicated by the fact that the epidemic provoked some within the gay community to call for government regulation of sexual expression.

Keywords:   Gay Plague, AIDS, gay community, Moral Majority, gay sex

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .