Charles Sanchez

Charles Sanchez is an openly gay, openly poz writer/director/actor living in New York City. He has written for WritingRaw.com and HuffPost's Queer Voices. As a performer, musical director, and director, he has worked in venues ranging from Lincoln Center and off-Broadway to dinner theater in Arkansas. His award-winning musical comedy web series, Merce, is about an HIV-positive guy living in New York who isn't sad, sick, or dying.

Categories Covered:Gay Men, PrEP (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), HIV Prevention and Transmission, HIV Policy and Advocacy, HIV in the Arts, People Over 50, HIV in Film, TV, and Media, HIV in Arts and Entertainment, HIV Advocates in the Spotlight, Latinx People, Mental Health, Living Well With HIV, Relationships and Sex, HIV-Related Policy Issues, HIV Treatment and Medical Care, Finding HIV Support Groups and Services, HIV Stigma and Discrimination, Newly Diagnosed, HIV Advocacy and Activism, History of HIV/AIDS, African-Americans, HIV in Books and Publishing

Latest by Charles Sanchez

Daniel Franzese Advocates for the HIV Community in Hollywood and the Halls of Congress

The actor and comedian speaks on his work at the AIDSWatch 2019 advocacy event -- and about playing an HIV-positive character.

By Charles Sanchez

How Activists Uncovered CDC's Ownership of Truvada PrEP Patents

The #PrEP4All campaign made the call for affordable pre-exposure prophylaxis a national news story.

By Charles Sanchez

8 Advocates Share Their Top HIV Policy Issues at AIDSWatch 2019

Hear from people who came from across the U.S. to tell Congress what matters to the HIV/AIDS community.

By Charles Sanchez

A Seat at the Table: Transgender Advocates Represent at AIDSWatch

The two-day U.S. HIV community lobbying event has responded to transgender concerns and is supporting more trans activists to attend this year.

By Charles Sanchez

Same Time Next Queer: New Gay Play Promises 'Electricity'

The play has been running in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California, and is looking toward a New York City opening.

By Charles Sanchez

I Got Trained to Administer Narcan to Prevent Overdoses, and You Can Too

With opioid deaths at epidemic levels, everyone should attend a free overdose prevention training, Charles Sanchez writes.

By Charles Sanchez

Non-Binary Sensation Jeffrey Marsh Wants You to Love You

The gender non-binary influencer and author of 'How to Be You' talks to TheBody about the evolving language of gender and its similarities to ideas about living with HIV.

By Charles Sanchez

The Musical 'Rent' Will Be Televised, but Has It Lost Its Potential to Spark Action Against HIV Stigma?

When Rent opened on Broadway in 1996, it was a radical push against the stigma of living with HIV. But can the upcoming live televised production on Fox go beyond shallow sentimentality?

By Charles Sanchez

Young, Gifted, and Black: Dancer Thomas Davis and His HIV Catharsis

Since being diagnosed with HIV at age 20, Thomas Davis has used his dance talent to educate and advocate.

By Charles Sanchez

Jordan Eagles Uses Life's Blood in Life's Work

Many creative folk say that art is in their blood. For Jordan Eagles, blood is in his art -- not simply as an artistic tool, but as a precious, universal life force.

By Charles Sanchez