My Thesis Explained

Thesis: The gay club scene, more notably in the 80’s and 90’s, played a controversial role in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


1.) The gay club scene is embodied in my quilt with a physical disco shirt that represent the individual’s favorite shirt.

2.) It addressed HIV/AIDS by revealing the nightlife of gay men and how the drugs they used played an important role in transmission among the rest of society.

3.) It is surprising because the gay club scene was initially used as a hub for gay men to connect with one another on a social level but also turned out to be a concentration of psychoactive drugs.

4.) It is controversial because among the gay community, the club acted as therapy or a support team for the oppression of their sexual orientation in society.

5.) This role is different now because HIV/AIDS isn’t just a majority epidemic among gay men but has spread throughout many other parts of society. The gay club scene is also not as intense on drugs as they used to be 20-30 years ago.

6.) The gay club scene was seen as a controversial thing because it was a safe haven for those gay men that had been cast out by their friends, families, and/or loved ones. On the other hand, it was a heavy market for psychoactive drugs, mainly meth, that allowed the drug to spread undetected and among many other social groups within society.

Three Possible Titles for my Analysis Essay

Raving Madness: How Drug Use in Gay Clubs Contributed to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic


Needle to Nightmares: How Psychoactive Drugs Played A Substantial Part in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic


From Party To Worry: How Drugs Could Pass HIV/AIDS Undetected

Shadda Nasralla ” The Housing Affordability Act: Making Supply Meet Demand” Intro Questions


1.) The writer introduces her argument either in the third/fourth paragraph because the two paragraphs are completely filled with quotes and fails to address the issue.

2.) He introduction is about three/four paragraphs long. Its pretty short considering she didn’t really break down the concern as well as she could have.

3.) I noticed she paraphrased and didn’t really quote in the introduction. I feel like one reason she didn’t quote was because of the amount of paraphrases she uses to make it all fit in her introduction.

4.) Her thesis is that “The cities dependency on sales tax give them a bias towards affordable housing units, keeping them from meeting these needs in their communities.

“HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Military” Review

Based off of the little information I’ve read from this passage, I can say that it was well thought out and the information provided within the text are easily able to connect to the evidence provided. The introduction gives you a brief idea of who the individual was and followed with a connection of the military culture and how they were affected by HIV/AIDS. Personally, I didn’t notice any issues within the passage and was actually quite interesting to read. I believe the evidence provided support the ethos strongly by connecting many laws and politics to this culture.

(hypo)Thesis for Analysis Essay

During the AIDS epidemic, it was initially believed that the disease could only be transmitted through sexual intercourse. This put the gay community under a lot of pressure and risk from society seeing as they were affected the most. But the gay dance party subculture during this time revealed that this raving, mass culture would openly share psychoactive drugs when they were out partying. Their indiscriminate judgement on sharing drugs would reveal to society the dangers of clubbing at night.

Scholarly Source

Lewis, Lynette A. Ross, Michael W. A Select Body: The Gay Dance Party Subculture and the HIV-AIDS Pandemic. March 1, 1996.

I believe this source will benefit my research because the book found in the link is about the study of gay dance parties and how they would usually share recreational psychoactive drugs. Not all people transmitted AIDS through sexual intercourse and this book provides a perfect example of how this disease could have been transmitted throughout society, not just the gay community.

Quilt #2: Secondary Research Question

What subculture is embodied in the AIDS quilt block/panel you’ve chosen to document and research?

The subculture I believe is embodied in my chosen block/panel is gay clubs/bars.


Personalized Research Question: What is the relationship between gay clubs/bars and the HIV/AIDS epidemic?


Revision From Feedback

Based on the feedback I’ve received in Gradian, something I can fix in Unit 1 and do different in Unit 2 is to broaden my audience. I made a constant error where I would write posts and passages that were more directed to my classmates and teacher, without acknowledging the fact that my website is public and any other person searching the same subject could come across this. I need to make sure to clarify what I am talking about when publishing a post, article, or passage on my website.

Abstract Aspects and Polarity of My Quilt

What “abstract, conceptual, or metaphysical” aspects of culture seem to be embodied in your quilt panel? What happens when you consider this in terms of “polarities”?

It embodies being proud of your who you are and your roots , emphasizing to love yourself and standing for what you believe. The polarity is the resentment that one faces within society and being able to rise against a provoking force of inferiority against one’s self-love.


By: Carlo Cosper, Ethan White

Applying Haltman to My Block

If our quilt panels are “culture” taking material form,” then what abstract, conceptual, or metaphysical aspects” of our culture are they embodying?

The quilt panels are embodying the emotions and relationships that each of us as individuals are tied together with within a culture. They also embody stories of someone and/or something that tell an undeniable truth. My panel is about Gil Scott Heron, a famous musician that died from AIDS in 2011. The culture embodied within his panel is shown through the musical notes. The musical notes are carried across many genres of music and shared among many cultures.