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And Then He Went Out Like a F***ing Meteor: A Tribute to Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé Img

And Then He Went Out Like a F*ing Meteor: A Tribute to Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé

"I used to say he was the most brilliant person I'd ever known. He certainly was," Charles Stephens writes. "But as I reflect back on the life and legacy of my friend Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé, I am reminded of his courage."

Dismantling the Clinic-to-Prison Pipeline: Race, Justice and the Rise of Intersectional HIV Leadership Img
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Dismantling the Clinic-to-Prison Pipeline: Race, Justice and the Rise of Intersectional HIV Leadership

"The future of our movement is as an HIV justice movement that considers racism and other forms of structural oppression," Charles Stephens writes. "The future of our movement is one where HIV justice advocates build coalitions across movements and w...

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I Will Be Heard: Countering the Narrative of 1 in 2

"Through simple acts of everyday activism, storytelling, political engagement and resistance, we can insert the realities of Black gay men to reform policy, end social injustices and change the landscape of the HIV/AIDS response to one that centraliz...

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Notes on the "We Are Here" Blog Tour

What does it mean to be black and gay in the U.S. South? Charles Stephens discusses that.

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The Choreography of Silence

Through Facebook, over a series of messages back and forth, his sister told me it was a "rare blood condition." He wasn't yet 30, about 26 at the time, and had been found in his apartment. Found. Unconscious. A mutual friend was the one that told me ...

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Blueprints for Resilience: Young Black Gay Men, HIV and the Future

After years of neglect, young black gay men are finally about to join the HIV prevention conversation, writes Charles Stephens. First on the agenda in his mind? Fighting institutional stigma, as well as promoting opportunities for entrepreneurship, l...

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PrEP, African-Americans and the Future of Prevention

African-Americans remain the population most disproportionately impacted by HIV in the United States. Comprising only 14% of the population in 2009, they accounted for 44% of HIV infections that year. Of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the ...