Is the government’s monkeypox message stigmatizing LGBTQ people? Some say yes

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The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Scrolling through his Twitter feed, Robert Randolph Jr. came across a July 22 tweet by The Associated Press that bothered him. “The spread of monkeypox in the U.S. could represent the dawn of a new sexually transmitted disease,” it read. He clicked the link to the article in the tweet and read it. Then, he says, he read the comments and replies. “What I saw were a bunch of, particularly, Black queer men, who were questioning the rhetoric of this article,” said Randolph, a 44-year-old Black queer writer from Greensboro. “They were critiquing it as — you know, rightfully so in …

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