One of our favorite up-and-coming queer groups -- appropriately dubbed "bottoms" -- dropped a new track, "HIV," this week and it coincides with the annual recognition of World AIDS Day.
While not a band necessarily dedicated to awareness surround HIV/AIDS, bottoms is a group whose work is heavily informed and shaped by their experiences and identities as queer individuals.
"The song is part of my work, it is about me and gay culture and identity and sex like all of the other bottoms songs are -- we aren't a band singing about AIDS awareness," Dibeler said in a statement. "HIV/AIDS is something that affects us directly. However, it is one small portion of what bottoms represents. AIDS was a massacre and, yes, we believe a lot of our peers are complacent. None of our generation witnessed the deaths of their loved ones [in that way]. The song 'HIV' is a nod to David Wojnarowicz, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Diamanda Galas, ACT UP -- people who have fought loudly for the rights of people with HIV/AIDS."