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Juan Michael Porter II

Juan Michael Porter II

Staff Writer

Juan Michael Porter II is a staff writer for TheBody and TheBodyPro. He is also a contributor to Observer, TDF Stages, Time Out NY, and BroadwayWorld Dance, and a National Critics Institute Fellow. His writing has appeared in American Theatre, SYFY Wire, Colorlines, and SNews.

Latest by Juan Michael Porter II

Ulysses Dove with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Tread
Viewpoints

Honoring Ulysses Dove, 25 Years After His Death From HIV

We celebrate the life and contributions of the renowned Black choreographer and dancer whose work told the human story, pushed through struggle, and shattered stigma.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Viewpoints

The CDC Is Updating PrEP Guidelines. Here’s Why I Wish These Updates Existed Sooner.

The new draft guidance opens the door for PrEP discussions for “all sexually-active persons.”

By Juan Michael Porter II
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News Analysis

From Pilot to Finale, ‘Pose’ Lived for Our Community

The acclaimed LGBTQ drama series’ finale served as a feast of realness mixed with tributes to real life.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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News Analysis

Serving Self-Advocacy, Just Like Naomi Osaka

As with dealing with mental health, there is no singular way to solve one’s HIV needs. Naomi Osaka reminds us to seek out the help that best serves your situation.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Donja R. Love
Interviews

Respectful Communication Can Save HIV-Positive Lives

If medical providers want to ensure adherence and linkage to care for people living with HIV, they will need to check their humanity.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Personal Stories

I Am Living With HIV and Nothing Can Drag Me Down

Health, social, and psychological issues pummel people living with HIV on a daily basis, yet our community continues to not just survive, but to thrive.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Donja R Love
Interviews

What if HIV Messaging Focused on Joy?

Acclaimed Philadelphia playwright Donja Love says we need a radical shift in how we talk about HIV prevention and care, starting with language.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Viewpoints

Jonathan Capehart Is in the Sunken Place. Yes, the Police Should Be Banned From Pride

Queer activists say the recent ban on uniformed police officers marching in NYC’s Pride parade is justified and goes a long way to ensure the safety of LGBTQ community members.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Features

Dancing Towards the Dream of Asian Representation

Phil Chan and Georgina Pazcoguin, founders of Final Bow For Yellowface, created the initiative to eliminate offensive stereotypes of Asians in ballet.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Billy Porter attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Viewpoints

Billy Porter’s HIV Disclosure Speaks to How We Process—and Reject—Shame

When Billy Porter revealed that he has been living with HIV for the past 14 years, Juan Michael Porter II's immediate response was, “This is nobody’s business—but I’m grateful that he’s doing this for our community.”

By Juan Michael Porter II