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Interviews

‘Our Work Is Not Done’: The True Story of America’s Response to HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

In ‘To End a Plague,’ Emily Bass chronicles the history of PEPFAR and the activists who moved then-President George W. Bush to take action.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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Interviews

Not Just Gay Men: Honoring the Stories of Women With HIV 40 Years Later

Over the past 40 years, women living with HIV/AIDS have had to—and continue to—fight against erasure from the historical dominant narrative.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Colin Robinson
Viewpoints

Remembering Colin Robinson: A Father of Black Queer Liberation

When the prolific activist and poet passed away, he took a large chunk of Black, LGBTQ, and HIV history with him.

By Juan Michael Porter II
Let's Get Back to Queer producer team, Glenn Quentin George Jr., Brandon Nick, and Shannon Shird
Features

Exploring What It Means to Be Black and Queer: An Interview With Podcaster Brandon Nicholas

The host of “Let’s Get Back to Queer” on what listeners can expect and why spaces that center Black LGBTQ identities are sacred.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Viewpoints

“I Can’t Remember the Question, but the Answer Was: Party.”

How a super-creative group of advocates rethought what it means to observe the 40th anniversary of the first published reports of HIV/AIDS.

Justin Davis, also known as “JD Blackstone.”
Features

Black Queer Sex Workers Need a Seat at the HIV Advocacy Table: A Conversation With JD Blackstone

Sex workers are not monolithic—and it is vital that their expertise be centered in HIV efforts that target the sex worker community.

By Michael Chancley Jr., M.S.W.
Carmarion D. Anderson-Harvey
Features

Anti-Transgender Bills Are Active in Dozens of States. Here’s How Trans Folks and Allies Are Fighting Back

This is a record year for bills aiming to block trans youth from medical care or school sports—and some have already passed.

By Tim Murphy
in quadrants: Mykki Blanco, Billy Porter, Magic Johnson, and Jonathan Van Ness
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 also help increase awareness and fight stigma.

By Mathew Rodriguez
Tiny House
Interviews

My Sistah’s House Is Building Tiny Homes for Black Trans People in Memphis

Organizer Kayla Gore speaks on the importance of inclusive, affirming shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Deirdre Johnson
News

Virginia Proves HIV Criminalization Laws Are Harder to Repeal Than They Should Be

Advocates in Viriginia got much—though not all—of what they wanted, providing a strategy blueprint for several states where a second look at such laws is imminent.

By Tim Murphy