JD Davids is a white/Ashkenazi Jewish queer and trans organizer, writer, and strategist living with ME/CFS and several other chronic conditions in Brooklyn, N.Y, on Munsee Lenape and Canarsie land. He writes and hosts conversations for The Cranky Queer Guide to Chronic Illness at @TheCrankyQueer.
A longtime HIV activist originally brought up by ACT UP Philadelphia, Davids was the senior editor and director of strategic communications at TheBody/TheBodyPro from 2014 to 2018, and is now a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do collective. As an HIV research advocate, he served on the Strategic Working Group within the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in addition to multiple advisory committees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Insitutes of Health. He is a board member of #MEAction, a member of the Long COVID Alliance, was an ally to the first patient-led study of Long COVID, and is the primary author of Chronic Injustice: Centering Equitable Health Care and Policies for COVID-19 and Other Chronic Conditions.
Latest by JD Davids
Learning From HIV Research, $1.15 Billion for NIH Long-Term Studies of COVID-19 Must be Wisely Spent
We must recognize long COVID-19 as a chronic condition—and that starts with an equitable, community-led, and long-term response.
For many of us, managing HIV is not just about survival; it’s about living well. But what does “living well” actually mean, and what steps can you take to maximize your health and happiness if you’re HIV positive?
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.
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.
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.
Unity and struggling together can help us make it through -- and help us heal when we face trauma, lifelong organizer JD Davids writes.
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 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.
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.
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...