Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Sarita Davis

Second Advisor

Dr. Makungu Akinyela

Third Advisor

Araya Baker


Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) are disproportionately affected by HIV in Atlanta, GA. The purpose of this study is to explore BMSM’s experience with how they have perceived Christianity’s influence on sex education curriculum in Atlanta, GA and how that has possibly impacted their knowledge of HIV. This study is conducted through participant interviews of BMSM between the ages of 18-30 in Atlanta, GA. This study is significant to Africana Studies because it interrogates how Anglo-Christian doctrine and its hegemony over the American South has impacted a city where sexuality, race, and religion have historically intersected. Also, as Africana Studies programs have historically failed to highlight Black LGBTQ+ history in the curriculum, this study is a significant exploration into a phenomenon specific to the Black LGBTQ+ community that helps to fill in gaps in the ongoing HIV research that has impacted generations of the Black LGBTQ+ community.


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