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Magic Johnson, Jonathan Van Ness, Mykki Blanco
Features

Fame and HIV/AIDS: History’s Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities

By coming out about their status -- even in death -- celebrities can humanize the virus for many people who don’t otherwise know anybody who’s openly living with HIV. They can help increase awareness and fight stigma.

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.

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.

Sharon Day
Interviews

Ojibwe Lesbian Sharon Day on HIV Care and Activism From the ’80s to the Present

Day, an Ojibwe lesbian and lontime AIDS activist, has had a long history of helping people in her community with HIV, including her own loved ones.

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.

Jacquie Bishop
Interviews

Jacquie Bishop Reflects on Being a Black Lesbian Health Care Worker in the Early AIDS Epidemic

Jacquie Bishop has seen some of the worst of the AIDS epidemic up close. Not only in her personal life, but also in her professional life. In this interview, she talks about the people with AIDS who she loved deeply, like Haitian writer Assotto Saint.

Housing Works + What Would an HIV Doula DO? present a reading of "I, OF COURSE, was LIVID" at  Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and Bar on Feb 12, 2020.
Interviews

New Play Remembers the Women Who Defined AIDS

“I, of Course, Was Livid” dramatizes the work women living with HIV did to change what was considered an AIDS-defining illness.

Members of the North Texas Immigration Coalition came out in full force for the Dallas Independent School District board meeting.
Features

This Dallas Activist Pushed Their School District to End Its Relationship with ICE. Here’s How They Did It

Two years ago, Angee Andrade and the North Texas Dream Team made sure Dallas schools remained a safe place for undocumented students. Now, they’re sharing their plan for success so others can follow suit.

Angela Y Davis and Stacy Abrams credit Sankofa Collaborative
News

Concerned About a Loss in Focus on Black Women in the Epidemic, HIV Activists Launch an Action Plan of Their Own

Angela Davis, Stacey Abrams, and others talk HIV and social justice at the Paradigm Shift summit in Atlanta.