BEARING WITNESS IS A STORY ABOUT HOPE, a statement of faith in the human spirit. By dint of circumstance, it is two stories rolled into one. On the one hand, it is the tale of how volunteerism became the most necessary and reliable response to the political problems caused by AIDS and, on the other, it is a chronicle of how the gay community mobilized itself in the service of transformation to contain and resolve the social, psychological, and spiritual issues that the disease raised.
Table of Contents
Dedication -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- PART ONE AIDS: The Issues -- 1 Getting Involved -- 2 The Sin Stigmaand Gay/AIDS Volunteerism -- 3 Morality" and AIDS Issues -- 4 Democratization and the Response to AIDS -- PART TWO Ideology: Volunteerism and AIDS -- 5 Volunteerism, Conununity and Blaming the Victim -- 6 The Political Economy of Volunteerisin and AIDS Prevention/Education -- 7 Who Volunteers: Minority Volunteerism and GMHC -- 8 Gay Volunteerism Before amd After AIDS -- 9 Gay/AIDS Volunteerism: A Question of Altruism? -- 10 Volunteerism and Voluntary Associations -- PART THREE The Significance of Gay/MDS Volunteerism -- 11 GMHC and the Community Interest: Institutionalization and Successful Volunteerism -- 12 GMHC as Organizational Success and Problem -- 13 Homophobia, Bearing Witness, and Empowerment -- 14 Gay/AIDS Volunteerism as Political Innovation -- Epilogue: Toward the Future -- Notes -- Bibliography -- About the Book and Author -- Index.