Title: They Shoot Homos Don’t They?
Additional Title: Positive Issue
Author: Timothy Moore / Shannon Michael Cane
Publisher: Melbourne, Australia: Shannon Michael Cane
Publication Date: 2008 August
- Gay art
- Homosexuality and Art
Note: Positive Issue contains interviews with Dennis Cooper, Richard Sawdon-Smith, Peter Savieri, and Tedd Gott, and images from Timothy Kendall Edser, Michael Janiszewski, David McDiarmid and Christian Holstad.
“This issue started off as an AIDS issue, but then we felt that no one wants to pick up a magazine all about AIDS, instead we’ll do a positive theme and what being positive means to people. Infection rates for AIDS and HIV for gays is getting back to what it was in the ’80s, especially in my hometown of Melbourne. I had a friend pass away a two years ago, before that I had older friends with HIV but I never had friends my age with HIV, and suddenly I have four friends with HIV. We wanted to address that in this issue but we didn’t want it to be overriding, so we kind of subtlety talk about HIV and being positive. There’s this guy Richard Sawdon-Smith, he’s an HIV positive artist and actually makes art about being positive and takes self-portraits, and the interviewer asks about would he change it if he could, and he basically says, ‘No HIV has changed my life for the better and I wouldn’t change it.’ Its kind of crazy to say something like that, but becoming positive has become a positive thing for him. It’s about being positive, having a positive outlook, positive reinforcement” (Cane, 2009 March 26)
[Interview source: The Fader. (2009 March 26). Q+A: Shannon Michael Cane of They Shoot Homos Don’t They. The Fader, Retrieved from: http://www.thefader.com/2009/03/26/q-a-shannon-michael-cane-of-they-shoot-homos-don-t-they/#ixzz2y2jXZndG]