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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.

Latest by JD Davids

10 Keys to Living Well With HIV
Reference

10 Keys to Living Well With HIV

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?

By Myles Helfand and JD Davids
Lou Sullivan
Features

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.

By JD Davids
Tim McCarthy credit Keira Cronin
Features

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.

By JD Davids
Transgender man about to kiss cisgender man
Viewpoints

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.

By JD Davids
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.
Features

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.

By JD Davids
Bowers V Hardwick protest in Washington DC, 1986
Features

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.

By JD Davids
Brian Belovitch in 2018 and in 1981.
Coping

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.

By JD Davids
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.

By JD Davids
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...

By JD Davids
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.

By JD Davids