HIV/AIDS and Housing Discrimination in Austin, Texas: The Moral Majority and their Ipso- Facto Genocide
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This thesis asserts that an ipso-facto genocide of gay AIDS-afflicted males occurred in Austin, Texas, from January 1986 to January 1989. The genocidal event occurred due to the combination of the Moral Majority's rhetoric used to dehumanize the gay population, State-wide penal codes that criminalized homosexuality, the resultant pro-discrimination environment from dehumanizing rhetoric and criminalized homosexuality, a neoliberal economic policy that influenced the design of Austin's healthcare infrastructure, and AIDS. Genocide in this context is an ipso-facto event because it happened naturally after the culmination of the attributes mentioned above.