Gay Timor


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2 thoughts on “Gay Timor

  1. Being "gay" or rather a Man who has Sex with another Man (MSM) in Timor is not the easiest life style one could have. Though there is very little HIV in Timor Leste (less than 0.2% of the population is infected), MSM are more affected (1%) as are sex workers (3%, 2003 data).

    Knowledge of HIV is limited and all the conditions are there for an epidemic explosion if something is not done quickly and more importantly where it is needed, that is amongst MSM and Sex-workers.

    Of course, such populations are not as tear jerking as the widows and the orphans, but there seem to be a change in direction in HIV prevention in the last two years that makes me hopeful that for once the right thing will be done at the right place.

    ~r

  2. Would you please note, Roger, that not all men who have sex with men are homosexuals. Some of them are straight. Some of them are bisexual. Furthermore, being gay is not just about having sex with other men. Drawing an equivalence between gay and MSM is mistaken and offensive. Being gay is about being a human and how we interact with a world dominated by discriminatory heterosexual hegemonies that persecute, vilify, imprison and kill us.

    These distinctions are important to make in HIV-AIDS policies because each of those groups needs to be specifically addressed in programs.

    Please see Timor Leste Red Cross excludes homosexuals from HIV-AIDS Reduction Program athttp://easttimorlegal.blogspot.com/2009/09/timor-leste-red-cross-exludes.html and HIV-AIDS and Homophobia in East Timor at http://easttimorlegal.blogspot.com/2009/09/hiv-aids-and-homophobia-in-timor-leste.html

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