September 8, 2018

Microaggression and Bias in the HIV Community — and What We Can Do About It

Written by Olivia G. Ford

“Her ‘ghetto’ is showing.”

“You act white.”

“He’s really handsome for a trans* guy.”

“You’re a single mom? But your daughter is so well behaved.”

“I don’t see color.”

“You don’t look like you have HIV at all!”

“Oh, did I offend you? You should have a thicker skin.”

Have you ever had that experience where someone says something that was meant to be neutral, or funny or even complimentary, but it felt like a dig at your (or someone else’s) race, gender, HIV status, sexuality or some other part of who they are?

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