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New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization
By Mark S. King
December 8, 2016

The making of the new short documentary, HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination, began in exactly the right place: with people living with HIV themselves, and their personal stories of being prosecuted because of their HIV status.

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Train of Thought, Then and Now
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
December 7, 2016

Many of us, of a certain age, may recall the scene in some cartoons or movies of a woman tied to a train track with a train coming from a distance. The scene depicts the "damsel in distress" being saved, just in the nick of time, by her hero.

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World AIDS Day Is My Personal Disclosure Anniversary and a Day for Us All to Honor and Remember
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
November 30, 2016

On this eve of World AIDS Day 2016, I, as a 27-year survivor of the epidemic, am thinking back over the years and about how HIV continues to impact my life.

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I Am a Woman of Color; I Am Who I Am!
By Davina Conner
November 29, 2016

I am a woman of color, someone's daughter, someone's sister, someone's mother and someone's friend. I am a human being who was handed a card in life that made me stronger than I thought I was. Not giving up on dreams or who I can become because of this card.

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When It Comes to HIV Stigma, You Are the Sage You've Been Waiting For
By Matt Ebert
November 29, 2016

I was asked to speak on World AIDS Day about the history of the AIDS activist movement, but my thoughts kept turning to something more contemporary -- that is, the current state of affairs regarding HIV stigma.

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Justin's HIV Journal Videos Showcased at the Brooklyn Museum Exhibit
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
November 29, 2016

GREAT NEWS: Some of the videos from Justin's HIV Journal will be SHOWCASED in the Brooklyn Museum with other HIV activists, including Mark S. King, Carol Leigh, Juanita Mohammed, Luna Luis Ortiz Photography, Southern AIDS Living Quilt, James Wentzy and the late Nelson Sullivan (1948-1989) and Ray Navarro (1964-1990). The exhibit will officially open Dec. 1 (World AIDS Day) but there will be a free showing Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in which I will attend and be a part of a discussion panel at the end. Wow I'm going to be showcased in the Brooklyn Museum!! WOW I did it!! NY here I come Dec. 3 see you there!!

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The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy's Novel Christodora
By Mark S. King
November 28, 2016

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows his terrain.

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Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil!
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
November 23, 2016

I was recently in a space where someone said that silence colludes with white supremacy and other constructs of oppression. It was a heavy blow for me, not that I'm silent most times, but there have been moments when I haven't spoken up, haven't said what I felt and didn't speak clearly or with audacity. There have been times when I've kept my thoughts, feelings, visions of work to myself and hoped that a moment would present itself to speak. The work that I'm talking about is work towards black liberation, the work to dismantle any system forged by oppression. To make a gestalt about what oppression is wholly, I think: any system that pretends to own narratives of a people; any system that feels that self-ownership isn't a thing; any system that, based on identities, can predict outcomes of health, incarceration, etc. If outcomes are so predictable, then something at the systems' baseline intends for those outcomes.

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A Drawing for World AIDS Day 2016
By Tim Hinkhouse
November 23, 2016

Tim Hinkhouse sent this work of art to our offices for World AIDS Day. He created the concept for the image, which was then drawn by his friend AJ.

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Being Thankful for a Blessing in Disguise
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
November 22, 2016

As you are reading about someone living with HIV/AIDS, you may be saying to yourself, how can that be a blessing, and how on earth can he be thankful. Being infected is not itself a blessing, nor is it something I am thankful for -- in the sense of being happy I am infected. However, had it not been for HIV, I, like most who are not infected, would likely not be as thankful or feel as blessed to have a life and a purpose that touches others.

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