I am happy to be co-curating Positive Sex alongside AIDS Activist History Project members, Sarah Rodimon and Alexis Shotwell. The exhibition explores AIDS activists' work to eroticize safer sex in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s. To activists, eroticizing was a personal and political intervention. It was a way of refusing to see “sex-crazed, ‘promiscuous,’ bath-going gay men" as a problem and refusing to push for monogamous “politically correct” relationships. It was a way of promoting safer sex practices without compromising sexual freedom and without othering people living with HIV/AIDS.
Check out the exhibit April 8 2016 to 8 May 2016 in Carleton University's MacOdrum Library (Ottawa, ON). For more information, visit the MacOdrum exhibition page, check out the AIDS Activist History Project collection or connect with us on Twitter at @AIDSHistory
The image above is one of over 30 posters included in the exhibit.