3/29: Activity #1

From the very beginning of Anna’S HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Military, the writer addresses the person they were analyzing first, allowing for the readers to get to know Brian Cozart a little before introducing the subculture they found within his panel. After the subculture was stated, the writer broke off into another paragraph to go into detail about HIV/AIDS in the military by narrowing their search and staking a claim for them to begin discussing about.

The only problem I have with this piece is that not long before stating that homosexual service men are at a higher risk for mental illnesses they said they would be including statistics, which would have been useful right around here.

The evidence the writer uses to discuss the affects and amount of money loss due to the people they had replaced for being LGB, before and during the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act helped the readers see how many people were discharged because of their sexuality.

3/27: Activity #1

How does my chosen section of the AIDS quilt speak to a larger issue connected to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic?

  • (hypo) Thesis #1: Traditions and culture have affected the amount of the access Latinx have to proper healthcare and HIV/AIDS awareness in the LGBT+ community.
  • (hypo) Thesis #2: In the US alone, immigration has been cracking down on foreigners who enter the country illegally, especially those from Latinx countries, therefore giving less medical attention to that community.

What questions do I need to ask to prove this true? (question, research, question, research)

  • What morals or beliefs in the Latinx community have prevented people from gaining access too healthcare? What in general is preventing foreigners from getting information on proper healthcare?
  • how does my quilt relate to my hypothesis?
  • In what ways can the amount of Latinx in America being affected by HIV/AIDS be treated to prevent the further spread of this disease?
  • Why are Latinx less educated about this sexually transmitted disease?
  • Are there any ways to spread awareness to foreigners about these diseases sweeping through the Latinx community?

Activity #3

Food Insecurity is Longitudinally Associated with Depressive Symptoms Among Homeless and Marginally-Housed Individuals Living with HIV

Keyword Search Terms: Depression, Food Insecurity, Homelessness, HIV/AIDS, food security safety net programs

Listed below are the citations found for Spencer’s journal:

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All of these citations were directly taken from the GSU library advance research to quantify the amount of knowledge Spencer took and applied to finding the role food insecurity plays with Depressive symptoms among the homeless and those less fortunate. Nearly half of these citations tie in the purpose food holds psychologically in a community for those suffering more than others. The potential to be seen here is finding out what psychological purposes are being found and how those purposes can be thoroughly researched to help find a way to treat those who are undergoing this problem.
Here is an image displayed by the Atlanta Medical Food Bank alone that addresses the food insecurity in the Atlanta and metro area alone.

Activity #2: Researching Hispanic culture affected by HIV/AIDS

What part of the US have the highest number of hispanics affected by HIV/AIDS?

When searching for the areas with the highest rate of Hispanics dealing with HIV/AIDS, the CDC’s website has certain areas on the site completely dedicated to HIV/AIDS patients across the United States and all 6 of its dependent states. Here you can also group people by several functions; race, gender, region, age,  sex workers, economic class, drug abusers, and those currently imprisoned.

While using the site I was able to find the regions of the United States that were affected by AIDs and by which predominate race. The usage of a source will further my research in finding the connection between HIV/AIDs and how it is affecting or allowing the Hispanic culture to evolve to be more inclusive to the LGBT+ community.


Activity #1

What subculture’s are embodied in the quilt panel you chose to research?

In Flor Valdez’s quilt, the subculture I chose to research is the authenticity their Spanish roots had chosen to emphasize. Albeit having chosen two separate quilts in my first unit versus the second, I chose to use two quilts that inhabited hispanic rituals or traditions. The creators of Valdez’s quilt used flowers to memorialize Flor’s passing, much like Michael Hernandez’s family chose to use un Arbol de Milagro to memorialize his. It was personified using what each hispanic family grew up on.


What is the relationship between the Hispanic culture embodied in the quilt and the HIV/AIDS epidemic?

Made With Love

In the midst of AIDS memorial quilt block #01390, consisting of eight hand crafted panels, subdivided by only the materials they were made of and the design on them, stood one panel at a cooler tone, every single color involved creating the overall theme of the late Flor Valdez for whom the quilt was dedicated to. Unlike the vast number of quilts memorialized for those who have died, battled, or come into contact with the deadly disease I have come across, the particular quilt included woman— four, in fact, all of Hispanic descent, according to their last names. When compared to the dozens of other quilts blocks I shifted through, not many of them contained women, even less containing Hispanic women. The immediate need to find out more about these women, sparking an interest in my research.

Back to quilt block 01390, the home to Flor Valdez panel, a fading blue backdrop containing thick margins of white with tiny circles inhabiting the pattern, some a navy blue completely filled in while others were just simple outlines of the circle. Unlike the others on the quilt block, the margins seemed to have been placed to enlarge the original shape of Flor’s panel, allowing us to envision the primary state of the woman’s panel. Despite the lack of color in the overall appearance of the panel, in contrast to the blues heavily held into the artwork, those who designed and put together this panel included an upside-down trapezoid in a vibrant red shade approximately 6 inches above the AIDS’ victim’s name. The visual of what appears to be a vase, to hold the flowers littering the inside of the it. Despite the unusual shape of the contraption, it balances and brings in more attention to the panel itself, seeing as it’s a pop of color in a frame of washed out shades.

With the fact of the vase brought into attention, the next part to dig into is the flowers bunched into it. From what I was able to observe, there are a total of seven flowers in the panel. Unless my eyes have completely deceived me, that is. Each flower presented on this panel carrying a different shape from the next, the colors ever so slightly repeating, but somehow making it seem as though the color had not been shown before. Overall, I counted only the primary tones plus white used in this piece— red, yellow, and blue, were mixed or used in harmony with one another to create different shades to keep the monotony of the quilt in check. Out of the flowers that appeared on the quilt, one stood out significantly, the six petals looking very similar to thumb prints that surrounded a squiggly white line for the core. The reason it stood out is caused by the space between its petals and the underlying tones brought together by the paint the creator used. The materials that helped bring these images together appear to be plain old paint and sponges, seeing as the material has the texture of purposefully mixed colors to create the washed-out effect, the vase’s sharp shape giving it the appearance of painting that only involved a paint brush. Despite the oddity of the flowers on a quilt, many factors point to the Hispanic culture for this case. As both an outside observer to this panel and as a person of Hispanic descent, flowers are a final sign of both closure and respect to those lost loved ones. Another reason for the flowers being incorporated could also be because of the AIDS victim’s name, Flor.

The Spanish translation for flowers is flores, seeing as the victim’s name is, Flor, it only seemed appropriate to grieve the loss of Flor Valdez by including a group of flowers in her panel. The last thing to mention is the victim’s name and the ways it was formatted on the bottom of it. Hand stitched to the crafter’s liking, the personal feel given from this part showing the love and affection Flor gained from those around her. It was the show of commitment to making a hand-stitched piece on the quilt that brought the entire piece to circle. Flor Valdez lived a life for those surrounding her, the love she gave being reciprocated after her death.

Much like the first primary source description I completed on Michael Hernandez, both quilt panels involved lots of handmade work and time. The creators of the quilts taking the time to address each and every piece to help tell a story about the life the victim lived and the traditions in which their families lightly or heavily incorporated into the victim’s lives. Michael, who’s panel held a large pride rainbow Arbol de Milagros, stitched onto the blank canvas, had family who supported him and made sure to cater to what the deceased person deserved. However, Flor Valdez’s panel does not include any other information about the life she lived, the simplicity of the work points to the basic traditions of respect for her existence.

The Pink Pussyhat

For my second Reading Response, I tied in the primary text on Multimodality written by Arola Sheppard Ball and made comparisons to Pink ‘Pussyhat’ Creator Addresses Criticism Over Name an article by Julie Compton, which uses multimodality to venture through both the backlash and support the pussyhat received. Ball’s text explores the five modes of communication—linguistic, visual, aural, gestural, and spatial— aspects that can be found in all forms of text. The point explored was the way several medium platforms use multiple types of modes as “a way of communicating, such as the words we’re using to explain our ideas in this paragraph or the images we use throughout this book to illustrate various concepts.” (What Are Multimodal Projects? Arola Sheppard Ball) In Pink ‘Pussyhat’ Creator Addresses Criticism Over Name, the other ties in spatial, linguistic, and visual modes to create an outside perspective to the ongoing argument over the color and shape of the hat. Currently, the shape is depicted as a transphobic message to exclude trans women from the movement and the shade of pink is the excludes the women of color.


Under this reading, I was able to learn more about the use of multimodality and how it affects all aspects of texts we see in the world today. When using multiple modes in my own work, I can learn to create a more viable work to communicate my message in a more transparent way to avoid any sort of confusion with people who do not see the point I was trying to make. The difficulty I found with this was finding the right format and visuals to tie in correctly with my writing. Not only that but there is also the prospect of finding out when to use certain modes at the appropriate time. Despite the problem of finding out when to use these modes, it has become aware to me that modality is key to making myself a better writer.

Archives Activity

Archival research is a form of finding out more information through the help of an organization that gathers historical artifacts for future reference. At the Georgia State University archives, located on the eighth floor of Library South, there is a group of archivists who dedicate their time in finding and putting together platforms of historical artifacts based on the theme of their dedication.

At Georgia State, the archivist on hand encourage the students to show up when need be with a certain idea in mind for what it is they plan on looking for. Asking questions is a vital aspect to push forward your research, because, one way or another, it will lead you to smaller details that could be found related to your original research, only now there would be more to talk about.

To demonstrate the use of asking questions when doing archival research I have a few photos of artifacts I found interesting when I visited the GSU archives for a class visit.

Poster protesting the affects of aids on women who suffer the disease, donated to the GSU archives.

This poster was a sign of females who were affects by the disease by careless men and misdiagnosed by even more careless doctors due to the bias that AIDS only affected gay men. Because of the awareness brought to the women’s with aids campaign, another unseen group was discovered. This would include children with aids, one of the most unsuspecting age groups.

Children and teenagers were not educated on the ongoing aids epidemic, therefore those who were inherently given aids were left in a society in which they were completely shut out of. Different points were made while researching the protest of aids the archivist was conducting while we sat in for one of her classes, many lead to different paths but all of these paths maintained the strong theme of AIDS infecting the lives of those who could not actually get AIDS but received them anyways.