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Douglas A. Feldman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034317

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034317.001.0001

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“Not One Inch”

“Not One Inch”

The Ruthless Politics of Developing an AIDS Community-Based Organization

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AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men

Douglas A. Feldman

University Press of Florida

Local-level politics in the central part of the borough of Queens can get fairly ruthless. As a gay person, the author was concerned with what the disease was doing to the gay community — his community. Were they all going to eventually die from this epidemic? This crisis loomed as a veritable holocaust, and the author was compelled to do something about it. In this chapter, the author describes his involvement in the development of an AIDS community-based organization during the 1980s in New York City that primarily served HIV-positive gay men. It was in 1986 that the idea for the AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC) began. It developed strong, and sometimes violent, opposition from the politically conservative community. This chapter details how political alliances were formed either supporting or opposing the location of the ACQC. Today, the ACQC is a thriving organization that serves the HIV-positive community in New York City's borough of Queens.

Keywords:   Queens, politics, AIDS, gay community, gay men, AIDS Center, political alliances, New York City

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