An author-activist is preparing a book on the largely overlooked role of straight women in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and she has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the project.
Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community, to be published in 2017, will fill a gap in the existing literature on AIDS, says Chicago-based author Victoria Noe.
“The history of the epidemic is overwhelmingly a reflection of the experiences of gay men,” she said in a press release. “I’m excited to offer a book that will recognize the contributions of straight women in the AIDS community.”
Noe plans to document the various reasons straight women became involved in AIDS activism and services. Some did so because gay men, particularly hard-hit by the epidemic, numbered among their friends, relatives, and colleagues. Some were doctors or researchers who decided to focus on AIDS. Still others had contracted HIV themselves.