Lecture Outline


Intro, historical/political context of AIDS in the 1980s

AIDS as an example / manifestation of the socio-economic-political structures and atmosphere that had been building up in the US post 70s repressive politics

General timeline

Social circumstances:

Marginalisation of the gay community

Pop culture & AIDS

Political circumstances and governmental response:

Healthcare, FDA involvement

Failure of government to take action– as a result of conservative policies dominant in the 80s / Regan.


Change in public perception, shifting in the larger socio-political context

Magic Johnson

Freddie Mercury

Film critique: An Early Frost (1985)