Gay men and ambivalence about ‘gay community’: from gay community attachment to personal communities Holt, Martin en_US 2021-11-25T12:24:20Z 2021-11-25T12:24:20Z 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract The concept of ‘gay community’, and gay men’s attachment to and involvement in gay community activities, has held both a symbolic and practical role in understanding and guiding responses to HIV in developed world contexts. In the West, the HIV epidemic has disproportionately affected gay men. Being involved in and connected to gay community activities (what, in Australia, is described as ‘gay community attachment’) predicted the adoption of safe sex practices. However, the meaning of gay community is changing. This presents a challenge to those working in HIV prevention. With reference to previous research, the meaning of gay community is analysed in qualitative interviews conducted with Australian gay men. The interview data indicate that gay men are often ambivalent about gay communities, suggesting a need for subtlety in the ways we think about and address gay men in HIV education and health promotion. The concept of ‘personal communities’ may better reflect the ways in which gay men engage with each other and their social networks. Recognising and responding to the changing nature of gay life will ensure that the flexibility and pragmatism of HIV programmes aimed at gay men are maintained. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1464-5351 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Gay men en_US
dc.subject.other Ambivalence en_US
dc.subject.other Gay community en_US
dc.subject.other HIV prevention en_US
dc.subject.other Personal communities en_US
dc.title Gay men and ambivalence about ‘gay community’: from gay community attachment to personal communities en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Culture, Health and Sexuality en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Holt, Martin, National Centre in HIV Social Research, UNSW en_US Centre for Social Research in Health *
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality en_US
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 111712 Health Promotion en_US
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