Sherri Beachfront Lewis was diagnosed HIV positive in 1987 after a routine blood test for her marriage license. She was one of the first women to be diagnosed with HIV in the United States and still be alive and well. In the past 20-plus years, Sherri has worked with and coordinated numerous HIV/AIDS research and advocacy efforts. She's been a columnist for Arts & Understanding Magazine, a national HIV/AIDS publication, highlighting the stories of women living with HIV/AIDS. She has graced the cover of POZ Magazine and been featured in the Washington Post. Sherri has performed with Sheryl Lee Ralph and Patti La Belle at DIVAS Simply Singing, and with Broadway CARES/Equity Fights AIDS in her hometown of New York City.
Sherri recently reclaimed her entertainer's identity as Sherri Beachfront, an 80s pop diva, as the host of Straight Girl in a Queer World -- a series of 60 podcasts for Here! Networks in which she interviewed a wide range of fascinating guests between 2007 and 2008. Download and listen to Sherri's podcasts!
Speaking engagements: Sherri Beachfront Lewis is available to speak to groups. Contact Sherri about speaking at your organization or event!
Latest by Sherri Lewis
In contemplating Bourdain's suicide and her own battle with depression, Sherri Lewis writes, "I discovered that my problems were not about dying, but about how to live."
After Sherri Lewis realized that childhood sexual abuse was linked to her drug use and HIV status, real change began. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Lewis is sharing her story here for the first time.
Dead this summer at 90, the New Age guru who ministered to people with AIDS in the plague's darkest years was often called a dangerous quack and a profiteer. To Sherri Lewis, though, she was an angel.
"Being a long-term HIV survivor, I also have a long-term relationship with my doctor, Judith Currier, M.D." Sherri Lewis writes. "It's not just a visit here and there. You might even say it is an intimate relationship."
HIV diva Sherri Lewis shares her story about how she turned her diagnosis into an opportunity to become an HIV activist.
"The same process that helped me get clean and sober helped me make peace with my HIV diagnosis. Let us count the ways!"
Longtime performer and activist Sherri Lewis remembers the repurposing of the Electric Circus nightclub, where she found salvation from addiction -- and the courage to stay sober amid a 1980s HIV diagnosis.
Sherri Lewis reflects on what happened when she brought her mother back with her to Los Angeles, grateful that they are both aging in good health.
The First Generation to Age With HIV: Taking a Look at Long-Term Survival -- A Blog Entry by Sherri Beachfront Lewis
Years ago, Sherri Lewis used a guided visualization of a long life as part of her HIV self-care. Still healthy, and cured of hepatitis C, she reflects on her journey and Desert Migration, a new long-term survivors' film.