29 June, 2011

More follow-up

In the Days Of Our Lives documentary, Brian had said in the 70's that people of all sexes were their audience.

All sexes. Not "both." I can't say whether this was a slip or totally intentional, but as someone who's aware that there are more than two sexes, it means the world to me that he said it.


  1. Brian giving his support to all-inclusion would be nice. I remember his rattling off a list of "all sexes, races, religions" and so on. Maybe he's speaking intentionally. Maybe it's just a modifier by habit *g*. Do you remember a poz guy wrote the Soapbox thanking him for charity work. Brian sounds taken aback by the guy sharing his personal struggles (why he became + even after AIDS education improved.) At the risk of being presumptuous, he seemed stumped by details of what's common rite of passage.

    TBH the issues are so complex and the scene(s) very fragmented, it's even tough to keep up for people in the scene or watching from the sideline. just my 2c;)

  2. I don't read Bri's soapbox regularly. You'd think I would, but I guess I'm lazy. So to answer your question: Nope. Didn't read that post.

    Despite HIV/AIDS education being where it currently is and where it's going, some folks will still contract HIV. Whether it's sharing needles through IV drug use or unprotected sex where one person may or may not know that they're positive. For many, access to education and treatment is devastatingly limited. It also does not help that the medications currently available are ridiculously expensive. And then there are different strands of HIV which may be resistant to certain medications, and so on and so forth. In any case, it sucks a lot.

    Also, can you explain what you mean by "common rite of passage"?

  3. I wish I had saved that link, but I promise you it wasn't a dream XD The guy basically said he was fine, had great medical care (in the UK) unlike Freddie in his day. All the info was available to him growing up, yet he still went through the drinking and unprotected sex. Why? He was trapped in a town that didn't take to gays kindly.

    Brian'd usually say more, if it's about the finer points of defending badgers, someone pulling through an illness with the help of his music, or an unfortunate accident claiming many lives. He just sounded taken by surprise, when it was the social stuff involved in day to day choices of someone's need to belong/connect - no matter how adequate AIDS education had been living in the First World.

    Being worldly and around people of "many persuasions" as he liked to say, is still quite different from actually walking in their shoes. Wouldn't you say?