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JD Davids

JD Davids

JD Davids was a senior editor and the director of strategic communications at TheBody/TheBodyPro from 2014 to 2018. He runs JD StratComms, works with the Transgender Strategy Center, and serves on the leadership team of the Radical Communicators Network.

A longtime HIV/AIDS activist and communication strategist, JD has had the privilege of organizing people living with HIV and people in the LGBTQ community, as well as those who love them, to stand up for their rights, access lifesaving information, slash the global price of HIV treatment, expand syringe access, win a national HIV strategy for the United States, confront the crisis in prison medical care, and demand HIV prevention tools that actually make sex better.

Along the way, he's collected acronyms as a co-founder of Project TEACH at Philadelphia FIGHT, community organizer at Health GAP, director of mobilization at AIDS Foundation of Chicago, member of ACT UP Philadelphia, and devoted ally of the Positive Women's Network - USA. JD also founded Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) and the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)

Additionally, JD has served as an advisor to the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among many other projects and organizations.

Now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., he parents a kid, cat and snake, and is a member of both the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.


In the year prior to April 19, 2017, JD Davids had some form of official relationship with each of the following groups/organizations that have a stake in the fight against HIV.

  • Freelance writer, Gay City News and Turn It Up magazine.
  • Member of the Founding Task Force, Prevention Access Campaign.
  • Speaker/scholarship: Positive Women's Network - USA 2016 summit.
  • Speaker: AIDS Education Month 2016, Philadelphia FIGHT.
  • Scholarship: AIDS Watch 2017.
  • Speaker fee/scholarship: Transforming Knowledge into Action: Clinical Update in Transgender Medicine, sponsored by New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Clinical Education Initiative and the Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine.
  • Speaker/scholarship: Michigan HIV/STD Conference 2017, sponsored by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Advisory board: Merce: A Comedy Series

Latest by JD Davids

Lou Sullivan

Reading the Diaries of Lou Sullivan, a Racy and Determined Gay Transgender Ancestor

Lou Sullivan's "We Both Laughed in Pleasure," a collection of his diaries, is a "vital" book from a transmasculine writer and activist who writes, in great detail, about his desires.

Tim McCarthy credit Keira Cronin

Looking Back A Year After the Loss of Tim McCarthy, Gay Video Historian and HIV Activist

Friends and family of Tim McCarthy, an AIDS activist and videographer, have established a human rights award in his name and are looking for an accessible and accountable home for the huge body of his work and collections.

Transgender man about to kiss cisgender man

What Cisgender Men Should Know Before Hooking Up With Transgender Men and Transmasculine Folks

Longtime HIV/AIDS activist and communications strategist JD Davids tells you how to ask about what you need to know -- and how to be a considerate, fun casual partner.

Protestors occupy the steps on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in protest of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, October 6, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Women With HIV Look Back on Confronting Supporters of Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Unity and struggling together can help us make it through -- and help us heal when we face trauma, lifelong organizer JD Davids writes.

Bowers V Hardwick protest in Washington DC, 1986

As Supreme Court Hearing on LGBTQ Rights Approaches, An Activist Looks Back at 1987 SCOTUS Protests

As U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on cases that may roll back LGBTQ legal protections, activist Tripp Reed prepares to risk arrest again.

Brian Belovitch in 2018 and in 1981.

Mental Health Expert Uses His Life to Help Others Navigate HIV and Gender

Brian Belovitch has learned many lessons about self-care during his long journey with HIV and trans identity. Now he channels those lessons into his work as a mental health provider.

Brian Belovitch
Personal Stories

Brian Belovitch's Journey Through HIV and His Full-Circle Transgender Experience

Diagnosed with HIV in 1987 while living as a trans woman in New York City, long-term survivor Brian Belovitch documents his life and journey in a new memoir.

George H.W. Bush in 2012
Personal Stories

On the Day of George H.W. Bush's Funeral, Recalling HIV/AIDS Deaths on His Watch, and How Queers Fought Back

"George Herbert Walker Bush was about to start formally running for a second presidential term," writes JD Davids. "From across the northeastern United States, ACT UP members were traveling to Kennebunkport, Maine, a stereotypically quaint village wh...

JD Davids
Personal Stories

Reflections on World AIDS Day 2018: In Despair and Love, Where Are Our Political Homes?

"When I reflect on 2018, what I feel most of all is a tenuous and troubled balance between despair and love," JD Davids writes.

Beyond the Basics: Gaines Blasdel on Genital Surgery, Community Wisdom, and Trans Health Justice Today Img

Beyond the Basics: Gaines Blasdel on Genital Surgery, Community Wisdom, and Trans Health Justice Today

In an unprecedented action, trans people who have had bottom surgery came together this year through an open letter calling for the accountability of surgery providers. JD Davids spoke with Gaines Blasdel, who coordinated the letter.