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Stephen Hicks

Stephen Hicks

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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What’s a Pride Without Latex? COVID-19 Cancels GMHC’s 30th Anniversary Latex Ball

The event, which serves as party and HIV prevention model, hopes for a COVID-free future.

By Stephen Hicks
Red Hot’s latest campaign “Love Is The Drug” aims to support the human centered approach of harm reduction
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Red Hot Keeps Burning With New Projects in the Streaming Era

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.

By Stephen Hicks
Red Hot collage
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Red Hot Organization Turns 30 With A History of Music and Fundraising for HIV/AIDS

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.

By Stephen Hicks
CBGB, New York City, Manhattan, Historical New York Landmark, Black & White
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Red Hot + 30 Years Old: How a Group of Activists Made an HIV Charity a Musical Iconoclast

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.

By Stephen Hicks
Red Hot's Keith Haring PSA
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Red Hot + Launches and Succeeds in the MTV Era

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.

By Stephen Hicks
Verve Records donating $500,000 from the sale of Red Hot + Rio in 1998
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Red Hot Funding Fuels an AIDS Movement -- Including ACT UP and Other Groups

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.

By Stephen Hicks
"Red Hot + Rio," 1996
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Red Hot Raises Funds for Budding HIV Activist Groups Around the Globe

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.

By Stephen Hicks
Still from RedHot's Stolen Moments Documentary
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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.

By Stephen Hicks
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Trans Activists Demonstrate for End to Violence and Discrimination at Landmark National March

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.

By Stephen Hicks
Programs Seek to Break Isolation for People Over 50 Living With HIV Img
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Programs Seek to Break Isolation for People Over 50 Living With HIV

"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.

By Stephen Hicks