220657 Breakin' It Down(e): Contemporary politics of identity and sexual risk behaviors of San Francisco bay area filipino men who have sex with men

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Anthony Benjamin Cabangun , Department of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Queer Asian American studies scholars have suggested the politics of gay Asian American male identity has emerged in response to experiences of oppression within the gay white American mainstream. Many of these politics address sociohistorical experiences of orientalization and a racialized desire of the gay Asian male body. In the face of efforts towards a more politicized community of queer Asian Americans, a variety of health disparities and risk taking behaviors continue to grow more poignant among these men and within this community. Rising concerns for this community in the San Francisco Bay Area has spawned additional research, as various studies have discovered trends of behavioral risk and an emerging HIV Epidemic among young API MSM in this area of the country. With the above taken into consideration, this qualitative study will aim to explore narratives of lust, desire, and motivations for high risk sexual encounters among downe identified Filipino men in the San Francisco Bay Area. These findings will provide new data and community voices for organizations aiming to serve this population. Findings from the qualitative interviews shows that this community has encompassed a new sexual identity, “Downe,” at which a predominant network of Filipino, and more recently other Asian American men, have created the identity in response to issues of racism within gay white mainstreams. Primary motivation of this movement is to separate themselves from stereotypes of the “gay Asian male.” Thus, a fusion of a political ethnic and sexual identity has now emerged among queer A&PI youth.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Participants who view this poster will be able to describe the emerging identity politics regarding sexual orientation, and sexual culture of Filipino men who have sex with men in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants will also be able to discuss the implications of these identity politics in regards to providing direct services and marketing health education programming for this community.

Keywords: Community Health Promoters, Youth

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a graduate student, conducting research on this topic for completion of a Master's Degree thesis project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.