Judd Winick is a comic book writer and artist. Many may know him from his stint on MTV's The Real World: San Francisco where he was a housemate and close friend to Latino HIV-positive activist Pedro Zamora. Inspired by his relationship with Zamora, Winick has brought many LGBT and HIV issues into the comic book universe.
Winick wrote the graphic novel Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned about his relationship with Zamora, which earned him his first GLAAD award and was praised by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Armistead Maupin. Winick wrote the Green Lantern's assistant Terry Berg to be openly gay -- and more controversially, the subject of a gay bashing. After Winick left Green Lantern, he began writing for Green Arrow and was responsible for revealing that Green Arrow's 17-year-old ward, Mia Dearden, was HIV positive. Winick was interviewed on CNN for making Speedy the most prominent HIV-positive superhero.