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Tim Murphy

Contributing Editor

Tim Murphy, based in Brooklyn, has been writing about HIV/AIDS for 25 years, for publications and organizations including TheBody, TheBodyPro, POZ, New York Magazine, The Nation, Housing Works, and Lambda Legal. He is the author of the 1980s New York City AIDS saga Christodora and the new novel Correspondents, which is set between two families in Boston, Beirut, and Baghdad during the years of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Latest by Tim Murphy

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Features

Oregon Just Became the First State to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Hard Drugs Like Heroin and Meth. Will Other States Follow?

Measure 110 passed comfortably, signaling widespread (if not total) agreement that treatment, not arrest, is the way to solve the state’s drug-use crisis.

By Tim Murphy
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NYC’s Leather Daddy HIV Czar Is Going to the CDC—And Advocates Nationwide Are Thrilled

Demetre Daskalakis, M.D., who led New York City through seven years of bold programs that made the city’s HIV rates plunge, will take his prevention vision national starting Dec. 21.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

‘Born to Be’ Is a New Documentary About NYC’s Pioneering Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Surgery

We talked to director Tania Cypriano about this moving film, which premieres online Nov. 18.

By Tim Murphy
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Trump’s Leaving, But Health Care Challenges Remain. Where Do We Go From Here?

We checked in with some top advocates about why (and how) the HIV community must continue to mobilize in the face of an undecided Senate majority and an uncertain future for health care in the U.S.

By Tim Murphy
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A Longtime Philadelphia HIV Agency Is Also Trying to Curb Gun Violence

Philadelphia FIGHT teamed up with fellow anti-incarceration program MANN-UP to give cash in exchange for guns and bullets, no questions asked.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

Watch This Beautiful Documentary About Longtime Survivor and Choreographer Bill T. Jones’ Most Famous Piece, Produced by a Protégé

Jones’ 1989 dance piece ‘D-Man in the Waters’ displayed stunning vitality and compassion in the face of the AIDS epidemic—and cemented Jones’ legacy.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

Linda Simpson’s Book of NYC Drag and Club Photos From the 1980s and ’90s Is Simply Irresistible

The Drag Explosion showcases the nightlife legend’s collection of shots she took out on the scene in an era long before Instagram—and before we had widely effective HIV treatment.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

This New Documentary Beautifully Narrates the Life and Work of Artist and Activist David Wojnarowicz

Watchable online Nov. 11 to 19, it’s a footage-rich look at the output of a rebel icon who died of AIDS in 1992.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

Longtime Survivor Eric Rhein’s Art Book 'Lifelines' Marries ’90s Gay Portraiture and Delicate Collage Art

The new tome features gorgeous imagery of Rhein and his AIDS-era friends and lovers, some of whom are no longer with us.

By Tim Murphy
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Remembering Joyce Wallace, M.D., Early HIV/AIDS Doctor and Crusader for NYC Sex Workers

Wallace founded FROST’D, whose mobile van brought “streetwalkers” condoms, HIV testing, clean needles, health care—and compassion.

By Tim Murphy