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Lorena Borjas
News

Lorena Borjas, New York City–Based Trans Activist, Dies of COVID-19

Borjas, a leader in Queens, New York’s Latinx trans community, died on March 30 and was honored with a virtual memorial.

Candy Marcum and Howie Daire
Interviews

Candy Marcum, a Therapist and Lesbian, Has Helped Gay Men in Texas Since the Early Days of AIDS

In the underfunded world of early 1980s HIV care, Candy Marcum worked at a Dallas-based resource center that opened up a hotline for gay men with HIV when it was still called GRID.

Bishop Yvette Flunder
Interviews

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.

Leilah Babirye and Amanda Lugg
Personal Stories

At This Harlem Meetup, LGBTQ Immigrants Seeking Asylum in the U.S. Bond and Laugh

The group is a chance to iron out legal challenges, trade tips on shelter and jobs, and simply enjoy some food and fellowship.

Jewel Thais-Williams
Interviews

Jewel Thais-Williams Used Her Landmark Black LGBTQ Club to Support People with HIV

As the owner of Jewel's Catch One, Jewel Thais-Williams used the money from her business to support AIDS organizations and as a space to host fundraisers.

Bernie Sanders superimposed over Capitol building
Features

Can Bernie Sanders End the HIV Epidemic?

“If what [Republicans] describe as socialism is the best path to achieve the end of the HIV epidemic, then we ourselves cannot dismiss the Sanders campaign with the same zeal,” activist Brian Gaither writes.

Act Up activists
Features

How HIV/AIDS Activism Can Shape Our Response to COVID-19

“To honor ACT UP’s legacy, it would behoove us to raise hell in some way.”

home computer
News

AIDSWatch Will Go Virtual to Protect Participants From Coronavirus

This year, the U.S.’s largest lobbying event by and for people with HIV will hold its workshops and advocacy actions on live video, social media, and other online venues.

Photo of Caitlin Ryan
Features

Caitlin Ryan On Being a Lesbian Social Worker During the Early Years of Atlanta's AIDS Epidemic

Caitlin Ryan, a lesbian and social worker, as well as first executive director of AIDAtlanta, faced pushback from some gay men who felt that women had no place in the response to AIDS.