For this secondary research that I had to do to begin my next project, I had to get down to specifics and break down everything that I needed to do to start writing. For this research, I was to mainly focus on sources, my thesis and claims, as well as audience and my purpose. The image that I have chosen was taken by a user named Tim Evanson, the location being at the 2012 DC Gay Pride Parade. The person who is captured in this Justin B. Terry-Smith who was honored for his AIDS work. This image is located on flickr.com under the filter of all creative commons license so it is allowed to be used anywhere as a source.
The reason I chose this image all has to do with the stigma of AIDS back in the day during the 1980s. A stigma is basically a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. Because of this definition and what AIDS was seen as during this time, anyone who had AIDS or was suspected of it was seen as a disgrace. Many of the questions that were brought up all related to the fact that many gay men or drug users were the only ones being suspected of having AIDS. That is, until it started appearing more in the black community which lead to everyone terrorizing the minorities in the United States. The reason behind all of this had to do with the mistake of doctors when first trying to the name the disease that is now known as AIDS. Because of this one mistake, this led many to believe that this was a gays only disease. Some of the sources that I had were written by doctors that went back over the first medical records of AIDS and tried to clear anything up that came out of it.