My name is Bennet Goldstein, and this is the My Husband’s Trophy blog. Please use the links to the left to navigate this website. To learn more about this blog and it’s naming – as well as me – see the “About” section.
~Note: This blog was formerly (and will one day return to) its original iteration as outlined below. However, I have since moved to central Iowa to work full time for the Marshalltown Times-Republican as an education reporter. I spend the majority of my time covering the Marshalltown School District, Marshalltown Community College, county government, and the number of other miscellaneous assignments that come with working at a small town newspaper. I also produce my own photography, graphics, and video. As such, most posts on my blog, for now, will expand on or include additional multimedia content that did not make it into my original articles (which may be found on the Times-Republican website). I will write about HIV and pop culture as time allows. Thanks readers!~
This website is a forum dedicated to exploring topics related to HIV, LGBT (colloquially: “gay”) lives, political & pop cultures, and the arts. This assortment of topics may come across as odd or even crass.
After all, HIV has infected over 60 million people worldwide, resulting in immeasurable suffering. According to a 2011 declaration released by the United Nations General Assembly, HIV infection has resulted in the deaths of approximately 25 million people since the virus was noticed on a wide scale in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In comparison, art and pop culture may seem frivolous. However, artistic expression has actually played significant roles for HIV-positive individuals. Famous figures have expressed their experiences living with HIV through artistic media. One of the most noted was the American graffiti artist Keith Haring. The dancing figure at the bottom of the page is a graphic I created based on one of his works. Another example is the iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt, a project conceived by AIDS activist Cleve Jones as a way to remember those who have died. Several arts organizations, such as the Visual AIDS collective in New York City, support the artistic expression of people living with HIV.
When we stop to think about it, the links between the arts and HIV are rich. They are topics this blog will return to from time-to-time, in addition to posts that discuss the arts and HIV individually.
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