Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community



Victoria gives us the first book to share the stories of women around the world, throughout the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For almost forty years, straight women have been affected by HIV/AIDS. They have fought for the right to be included in clinical trials and qualify for disability benefits. They have raised money and awareness. But until now, their stories have been ignored or forgotten, even in accounts of women’s history.

Victoria draws on personal interviews and archival research. Some of the names are familiar; such as Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana, most are not. But all have left a lasting impact on the fight against a virus that has killed over 40 million people around the world, half of them women.

I had the pleasure of working with Ladey on the interior design of my book.  It was a book with over two dozen photographs, but most challenging, one with an extensive index that she created. Ladey is both easy to work with and a real professional. I would use her again without hesitation and endorse her enthusiastically!