Black Gay Sexual Spaces and “Situations” in the Age of AIDS, Oct. 30

URBANA — The UIUC Queer Studies Reading Group is presenting a talk titled “Black Gay Sexual Spaces and “Situations” in the Age of AIDS” on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Urbana.

From the Facebook event:

Black Gay Sexual Spaces and “Situations” in an Age of AIDS
Prof. Marlon M. Bailey

OCTOBER 30, 2018
4-5:30 PM
1027 Lincoln Hall

This talk explores what sexual health means for some black gay men and what it looks like from their own perspectives. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in the Midwest, Professor Bailey examines black gay men’s engagement in “high risk” sex and the spaces and situations in which they occur. He argues that the sexual practices, spaces, and situations in which black gay men participate are a means through which they claim and enact sexual autonomy during this HIV crisis that disproportionately impacts them.

Marlon M. Bailey is an Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University and the Distinguished Weinberg Fellow in the Department of African American Studies and the Programs in Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies at Northwestern University. Bailey is also a former Visiting Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco.

Marlon’s book, Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013. In 2014, Butch Queens Up in Pumps was awarded the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize by the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Book Award in LGBT Studies. Dr. Bailey has published in Signs, Feminist Studies, Souls, Gender, Place, and Culture, The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, AIDS Patient Care & STDs, LGBT Health, GLQ (forthcoming) and several book collections.

Bailey is the recipient of the Joan Heller Bernard Fellowship from the Center for LGBT Studies (CLAGS) in New York City. Marlon holds a PhD in African Diaspora Studies, with a designated emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality from the Department of African American Studies at the University of California-Berkeley.

The talk will be at Gender and Women’s Studies at 1205 W Nevada St MC – 137 in Urbana. The discussion will start at 4 p.m.

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