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Whitman-Walker Clinic

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Men of the 90’s, top, bottom, both do the safe thing, 1990s

This biracial couple and straightforward acknowledgement of gay sex practices shows an effective trend in AIDS education campaigns. By the 1990s, AIDS organizations could speak honestly and directly to gay audiences, often without fear of censorship.

  • Publisher(s):
    AIDS Program of Whitman-Walker Clinic
  • Type:
    Poster
Black and white photograph of a Hispanic man holding a condom and embracing an African American who is slightly lower and looking upwards.

After a decade of life with AIDS, activists and public health officials turned to new opportunities to educate people in the 1990s. Some of the stigma and shame had given way to honesty and playfulness, shown in campaigns like “Men of the 90’s” from the Whitman-Walker Clinic. The men pictured here are smiling, happy, and safe.

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  • Color photograph of a two young men. One has back turned and is removing his shirt, while the other man holds him and has a condom in one hand.
  • Black and white photograph of a multiracial group of men variously dressed waiting in line for a condom dispenser.
  • Black and white photograph of a Hispanic man holding a condom and embracing an African American who is slightly lower and looking upwards.
  • A multiracial group of seven men stand in a group, each one holding up a wrapped condom.