Stephen Hicks is a writer and public health advocate with a background in sexual health and harm reduction. He is based in Washington, D.C.
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Part 6: Red Hot's legacy in HIV/AIDS activism continues, and the organization's work has adapted to innovate music and philanthropy in the digital music era.
The Red Hot Organization was founded in New York City 30 years ago. Producing dozens of original compilation albums, their work has funded the AIDS movement and educated a generation on the HIV epidemic.
Part 1: "It wasn't really that I even had the expertise. … It was just I was so beside myself and so outraged and so driven," Red Hot Organization co-founder Leigh Blake recalls.
Past 2: From Cole Porter to dance, grunge, and country, Red Hot bum-rushed the early '90s with prolific compilation albums and HIV/AIDS awareness.
Part 4: "Red Hot wasn't intimidated by our radicalism and saw that we were doing great things and changing the conversation … and they stepped up," said ACT UP New York veteran Peter Staley.
Part 5: "It was really before treatment got to people who needed it most … in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, [this funding] was the lifeline for people," said global health advocate Ron MacInnis.
Red Hot Delves Into Black and Latinx HIV Epidemics in the U.S. and Globally With Hip-Hop, Jazz, Bossa Nova, and Afrobeat
Part 3: "It just turned out to be a very big party in the studio. And everybody was just dancing, and it didn't even seem like recording," Nigerian musician Femi Kuti recalled.
The National Trans Visibility March on Washington, D.C. brought thousands to the nation's capital to advocate for trans lives and an end to violence and discrimination.
"We try to foster connection. We look at civic and social engagement and build community," said the manager of a program based in San Francisco.
Three of the most recent presidents of the International AIDS Society discussed how far we've come in the three years since they jointly wrote an article in The Lancet calling for greater global access to PrEP.