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Any intellectual project has a long trajectory. First, I thank each of my fortythree study interviewees, whose articulate and impassioned stories of their lives and incisive visions of the social fabric I have tried to embed within these pages. Thank you for entrusting these histories to us, for showing up in rain or shine with the hope—even just a mere glimmer—of contributing to better understandings of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. You speak of, and embody, hope. To the staff at the three HIV/AIDS community organizations in Oakland and San Francisco with which we partnered as field sites, thank you for your openness to research amid the immediacy of the work that you conduct daily. You are tireless advocates and change makers who never lose sight of the big-picture issues underlying the epidemic. To my research staff, Jeffrey Moore and Debra Allen, thank you for bringing your skill, your heart, and your monumental effort to this project. The analytic project represented in these pages is truly a synthesis of the intimate knowledge of the streets of San Francisco and Oakland, California, brought by this research team with the rigorous meeting of minds—often exhausting and challenging, yet always rewarding—that occurred during data analysis. Jeff, thank you for your enduring ability to encapsulate the complications of humanity into one sentence. I want to thank my academic mentors who have supported through critical engagement and scholarly wisdom my inquiry into sexuality and HIV/AIDS over the years. I extend my deep gratitude to my dissertation committee members , Meredith Minkler, Héctor Carrillo, Denise Herd, and David Kirp. Each asked the right questions at the right time as this project emerged and crystallized ; each has broadened my intellectual horizon and sharpened my work in distinct, but complementary, ways. Cynthia Gómez has mentored my public health and social change work’s many and varied forms since the early days of my activism with the Women’s AIDS Network, always supporting my critical interrogations of public health. At the UC Berkeley Alcohol Research Group, I thank Lee Kaskutas and Nina Mulia. Thanks to Megan Comfort, Kimberly Koester, Nicolas Sheon, and participants in the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies’ Qualitative Working Group for providing a stimulating and collegial environment in which to dialogue about the nitty-gritty of our work with other sexuality and HIV researchers. At San Francisco State University, ix Acknowledgments x Acknowledgments I thank Gil Herdt, who provided guidance at the initial phases of the dissertation -to-book process; Alexis Martinez for generating the map of Oakland by Black race/ethnicity in figure 5, and for camaraderie as an activist-academic; and members of the Health Equity Institute’s Writing Group, who have provided comments on drafts and engagement with these ideas—Allen Leblanc, Letitia Márquez-Magaña, and Emily Mann. Special thanks go to Laura Mamo for exhaustive review of my drafts, instrumental dialogue, and friendship as this work became a book. I am indebted to Richard Parker, whose incisive comments on an early draft helped structure the book into being—thank you for seeing the book behind the draft. My editor at Rutgers University Press, Peter Mickulas, and the editorial staff, including Lisa Boyajian, were a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. The research for this book was supported in part by a California HIV/AIDS Research Program Dissertation Award; a Predoctoral Fellowship with the NIAAA-funded Graduate Research Training on Alcohol Problems program at the University of California, Berkeley; a UC Berkeley Mentored Research Award; and a UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies Innovative Research Award. Essential to the success of this project has been the support of my community and family, who daily created the conditions in which I could embark upon this work. For ongoing dialogue on this project and its relationship to broader struggles for justice, as well as support and sanity throughout such an intimate project, I am ever grateful to dear friends Noga Shalev and Zak Sinclair. Adrienne Bloch, Jessica Ferguson, Alan Greig, Chris Hwang, Wendy Hussey, Julie Iny, Sara Kershnar, Ellie Schindelman, Kristen Zimmerman, and countless others have provided tireless encouragement, passionate activism, and invaluable friendship throughout the process. Thanks to Leslie Geathers for providing a welcoming writing retreat amid those inspired writing muses, the California redwoods. My deepest thanks go to my family for making possible the joint projects of writing and parenting, and never making me choose between what are, for me, two...


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