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Tony Christon-Walker.

Alabama HIV Activist Talks About His New ‘Fictionalized Memoir’

Tony Christon-Walker’s Walking in Truth: Fatherhood is Part One of a trilogy he’s planning about his life as an openly HIV-positive Black gay man in the Deep South.

By Tim Murphy
BLACK LIVES MATTER + Pride

We March in the Same Streets

Pride isn’t cancelled this year—in fact, it’s more inclusive than ever.

By Calvin Johnson
George M. Johnson in 2016

“There’s Going to Be a Narrative Only You Can Tell”

A message of hope and purpose from a leader in HIV advocacy and Black queer empowerment.

By George M. Johnson
Dwayne Brown (L) and friend, early 90s.

Coronavirus May Have You Feeling Down. But Don’t Give Up Before the Miracle Happens

Even in mass loss, hope springs eternal.

By Jaime M. Grant
Ace Robinson and cousin

African Americans Are Bearing the Brunt of the Coronavirus Pandemic—Including My Family in Albany, Georgia

HIV advocate Ace Robinson writes about the devastating impact of losing several family members to COVID-19.

By Ace Robinson
Bishop Yvette Flunder

Bishop Yvette Flunder Has Spent Decades Challenging People’s Theology Around HIV

For Bishop Yvette Flunder, her work as a Black woman, a lesbian and clergywoman has been to challenge the stigma and rabid homophobia that has exacerbated the worst parts of the AIDS epidemic and instead preach a gospel of radical inclusivity.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Dr. Rik Pavlescak, Gilberto, and Ms. Yolette Bonnet

Palm Beach’s HIV Advocates Hope New Resources Will Change Stagnant Epidemic

Despite its reputation as a playground of the 1%, Palm Beach County has one of the highest HIV rates in the country.

By Tim Murphy
Donna Fuchs and Dante credit Jessica Kloke

Shining a Light on Jacksonville’s HIV Epidemic

“Some people call us southern Georgia,” advocates say.

By Tim Murphy
Amirage Saling Elwood Stroder credit Natalie Faulkenburg

Fighting HIV in a State Facing One of the Nation’s Worst Poverty Rates

Young gay and bisexual men of color, transgender women, and people who use injection drugs are the most vulnerable groups to HIV in Kentucky.

By Tim Murphy
Emil Wilbekin credit Warren White

Emil Wilbekin Is Our Native Son and Afropunk’s Renaissance Man

“I wanted to create a space where we would come together and be forced to look each other in the eye, say hello, speak to each other, and serve as a mirror to each other.”

By Juan Michael Porter II