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AIDS Isn’t Over, and Neither is Activism

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The HIV/AIDS crisis is often discussed as something that happened in the past. At the same time, mainstream culture looks ahead toward a cure that does not yet exist. When we focus on the past and the future, we lose sight of people living with HIV today and the systems that impact them. In this interactive session, learn about rich legacies of HIV activism and community care, and why HIV is a racial, gender, and sexuality justice issue.

Molly M. Pearson (she, or any pronoun) is a writer, educator, and organizer from Lincoln, Nebraska, now based in St. Louis, Missouri. She works with universities, non-profits, and cultural institutions to engage in critical dialogue on sexuality, culture, and systems. Molly has been deeply involved in local and state-based efforts to decriminalize HIV and sex work, and is a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do? Collective, a community joined in response to the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. She is also a professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She implores us all to listen to our elders. You can likely find her at home, dancing to disco records with the cat at her feet. Instagram/Twitter: @mollympearson

Jessica Rubinsky, They/Them