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Ulysses Dove with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in Tread
Viewpoints

Honoring Ulysses Dove, 25 Years After His Death From HIV

We celebrate the life and contributions of the renowned Black choreographer and dancer whose work told the human story, pushed through struggle, and shattered stigma.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Features

Dancing Towards the Dream of Asian Representation

Phil Chan and Georgina Pazcoguin, founders of Final Bow For Yellowface, created the initiative to eliminate offensive stereotypes of Asians in ballet.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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
Anthony Rapp and the cast of RENT at New York Theatre Workshop. Photo by Joan Marcus
Features

Twenty-Five Years Later, Would ‘Rent’ Make Me Laugh, Cry, or Cringe?

In the lucrative quarter-century since its debut, the iconic AIDS musical has been remade, remounted, accused of plagiarism, and politically picked apart. Twenty years since my own HIV diagnosis, what would I think of it?

By Tim Murphy
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News

New Orleans Artist Terrance Osborne Honors the City’s AIDS and COVID Heroes

Osborne’s work depicts New Orleans’ history and activism with vivid color and familiarity.

By Giuli Alvarenga
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Interviews

COVID Is Not Stopping NYC Downtown Icon Justin Vivian Bond From Putting on Their Annual Holiday Show

Filmed live at Joe’s Pub, it’ll stream Dec. 20, capping a challenging but still busy year for the Notorious J.V.B.

By Tim Murphy
"The Sleepers," by Louis Fratino
Interviews

Brooklyn Artist Louis Fratino Is Depicting Gay Male Sex and Intimacy in the More Chill Gen Z Era of PrEP

His work strives to honor the legacy of 1980s queer artists, but without falsely “mythologizing” that era.

By Tim Murphy
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Features

The Show Mustn’t Go On: COVID-19 and the Broadway Shutdown

Broadway inspires people everywhere, but we’ll have to wait for its return.

By Charles Sanchez
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Interviews

Write It Out! Celebrates 12 Playwrights Who Are Living With HIV on World AIDS Day

Award-winning playwright Donja R. Love created a program that gave opportunities to people who often face barriers and gatekeepers in the theater world.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Interviews

Watch This Beautiful Documentary About Longtime Survivor and Choreographer Bill T. Jones’ Most Famous Piece, Produced by a Protégé

Jones’ 1989 dance piece ‘D-Man in the Waters’ displayed stunning vitality and compassion in the face of the AIDS epidemic—and cemented Jones’ legacy.

By Tim Murphy