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‘A Very Eerie, Strange Time’: Remembering AIDS Before It Was Officially Identified in Spring 1981

It’s been 40 years since researchers and journalists first wrote about a strange new syndrome—but even prior, it was clear something was brewing.

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Did NYC’s Pride Organizers and Its Queer Cops Group Ever Really Discuss the Cops Marching Without Uniforms and Guns?

The issue has cracked the city’s main Pride organizing group down the middle—but it’s unclear who’s not budging on what could be a key compromise.

By Tim Murphy
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From Pilot to Finale, ‘Pose’ Lived for Our Community

The acclaimed LGBTQ drama series’ finale served as a feast of realness mixed with tributes to real life.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Illinois Poised to Become Second U.S. State to Decriminalize HIV Non-Disclosure Before Sex

It's 2021, and three quarters of U.S. states still have some form of HIV non-disclosure criminalization law on the books. But that number is about to drop by one.

By Tim Murphy

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Black People Have Always Used Self-Reliance to Fight Health Care Inequities

That stark disparities in HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 cases and deaths exist is not a failing of Black people, but rather a failing of the U.S. government and its adjoining health agencies.

By Tuyishime Claire Gasamagera
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HIV in the Arts

Honoring Ulysses Dove, 25 Years After His Death From HIV

We celebrate the life and contributions of the renowned Black choreographer and dancer whose work told the human story, pushed through struggle, and shattered stigma.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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HIV Prevention and Transmission

The CDC Is Updating PrEP Guidelines. Here’s Why I Wish These Updates Existed Sooner.

The new draft guidance opens the door for PrEP discussions for “all sexually-active persons.”

By Juan Michael Porter II
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History of HIV/AIDS

The Nervousness That Came With Not Knowing

For these LGBTQ community members, the late 1970s through early 1980s was a time of first relationships and life in NYC and Seattle, set against a backdrop of uneasiness amid rumors of "weird infections."

By Tim Murphy
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HIV Advocates in the Spotlight

Black Queer Sex Workers Need a Seat at the HIV Advocacy Table: A Conversation With JD Blackstone

Sex workers are not monolithic—and it is vital that their expertise be centered in HIV efforts that target the sex worker community.

By Michael Chancley Jr., M.S.W.
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HIV in Arts and Entertainment

Building the Road to Black Queer Liberation at the Native Son Awards

Alphonso David, Lil Nas X, and Steven Canals were among this year’s awardees for their contributions in activism, media, and entertainment.

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