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ACT UP

Until We End the HIV Epidemic, ACT UP Is Still Here Fighting Back

TheBody interviews three current ACT UP New York members about their current campaigns and the challenges of organizing during another pandemic.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Max Westerman and Sean Strub

Being a Gay, HIV-Positive Mayor of a Small Town: New Film Documents an Activist's Rise in the Trump Era

Sean Strub founded the HIV publication POZ and the advocacy group The Sero Project. Now he's showcased in a documentary that tells the story of how he became the mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
David Webster and Larry Kramer

On Loving and Losing Larry Kramer: An Interview With His Husband, David Webster

“Even at nearly 85, Larry was still a little boy,” said Webster.

By Tim Murphy
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
Deloris Dockrey

Remembering HIV Activist Deloris Dockrey, Recently Lost to COVID-19

The activist for the rights of Black women and immigrants living with HIV is remembered by friend and colleague Martha Cameron, M.P.H.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Fred Hersh

Acclaimed Jazz Pianist and HIV Long-Term Survivor Fred Hersch Is Giving Free Daily Facebook Concerts During the COVID-19 Crisis

He’s playing a mix of his own works, jazz classics, and the American songbook daily at 1 p.m. ET on his livestream.

By Tim Murphy
Candy Marcum and Howie Daire

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.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Jewel Thais-Williams

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.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Sharon Day

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.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Photo of Caitlin Ryan

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.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.