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Magic Johnson, Jonathan Van Ness, Mykki Blanco
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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.

Dr. Jason Kindt (left), director of the Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, supported by Broadway Cares/The Actors Fund, with actor (right).
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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Has Started a COVID Emergency Fund for the Struggling Performance Community

Halfway to its $2 million goal, the fund is there for anyone who can document that last year they made at least $6,000 in the performing arts industry.

TS Candii.
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‘Policing Our Bodies’ Documentary Tackles Sex Work Decriminalization

Decrim NY and their activism is the central focus of the upcoming film.

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.

young man reading
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Five Books on HIV in the Black Community Everyone Should Have

These are not the only books, but they’re a great place to start.

Jack Waters and Peter Cramer by MikeBaileyGates
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New Experimental Show Brings HIV/AIDS Out of the Undetectable Closet

Performance artists bring together 35 years of art and activism in ‘GENERATOR.’

Ricky Varghese
Interviews

‘Raw’ Is the Book That Contemplates What It Means to Bareback

Barebacking is not just an act. It’s a stand-in for so many of our feelings about queer sexuality.

Robert Lafosse and John Kelly credit Tim Murphy
Interviews

Robert La Fosse and John Kelly Discuss HIV, the Devil and Their New Take on a Stravinsky Classic

We often talk of a generation of queer artists we’ve lost to the AIDS epidemic—and indeed, we’ve lost far too many. But happily, many such artists living with HIV are still alive and well, making great work.

Book cover of 'Homie' by Danez Smith; head shot of Danez Smith
Viewpoints

How Danez Smith’s New Book, ‘Homie,’ Holds Us

While fewer poems deal with HIV than in their last work, ‘Homie’ is no less poignant.

Erica Lupinacci and Sarah Stewart credit Erica and Sarah
Interviews

New Documentary Series Links the Lives of People Living With Chronic Illness

The series follows five subjects living with lupus, diabetes, HIV, and other conditions.