Confronting Internalized Oppression and Healing
Internalized Oppression is the incorporation and acceptance by individuals within an oppressed group of the prejudices against them within the dominant society (Pheterson, 1990). In public health, internalized oppression translates into internalized stigma for a variety of queer bodies and experiences of color including HIV positive persons, persons who use substances, and persons who engage in sex work. These social identities are perversely policed and demonized. This process devalues community members already suffering from multiple forms of systemic oppressions. Internalized oppression works to perpetually distort ones idea of self so that pathology defines experiences rather than full personhood. During this workshop we will explore how a person's internally and externally constructed identities affect their HIV prevention choices.
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene