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Interviews

This Black Museum Leader Is Using Art and Storytelling to Uncover St. Louis’ HIV History

“I want our stories told, even though I know that not all of them are great or are about uplift and accomplishments.”

(L-R) Kelsey Grammer, Jerry Herman, and Douglas Hodges at the curtain call for the opening of "La Cage Aux Folles" on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on April 18, 2010 in New York City.
News Analysis

Late Broadway Composer Is Remembered for Smash Successes, but We Shouldn’t Forget Outing His HIV Status May Have Killed His Career

The late Jerry Herman, who wrote now-legendary shows like ‘Hello Dolly!,’ ‘Mame,’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles,’ was nearly ruined by his outing by a gossip columnist.

Tim McCarthy credit Keira Cronin
Features

Looking Back A Year After the Loss of Tim McCarthy, Gay Video Historian and HIV Activist

Friends and family of Tim McCarthy, an AIDS activist and videographer, have established a human rights award in his name and are looking for an accessible and accountable home for the huge body of his work and collections.

Lady Catiria Reyes
Features

Remembering NYCs Queen of Nightlife: Lady Catiria, HIV-Positive Transgender Performer

Puerto-Rican performer Catiria Reyes won several pageant titles before her death in 1999. Here, Louie-Ortiz Fonseca unearths her history and legacy, which is like "discovering and losing someone in the same moment," he writes.

Photograpy studio with lighting equipment and a camera
Viewpoints

The First Supermodel, Gia Carangi, Died of AIDS 33 Years Ago. She's Worth Remembering

Though she died of HIV-related causes at the age of 26, her impact on fashion carried far beyond her years as a model.

Merce cast JFF finale - Charles Sanchez as Merce credit Merce
Viewpoints

HIV Web Series 'Merce' Brings More Madness in Season 2

There's more madness in the second season of 'Merce.' Plus: Catch the premiere of the music video 'Your Cure.'

Camryn Garrett and book cover
Interviews

Camryn Garrett's YA Novel 'Full Disclosure' Gives Gen Z the Black HIV-Positive Heroine They've Been Waiting For

Simone Garcia-Hampton's journey reminds us that the even the wokest young folks have blind spots when it comes to the epidemic.

Red Hot’s latest campaign “Love Is The Drug” aims to support the human centered approach of harm reduction
Features

Red Hot Keeps Burning With New Projects in the Streaming Era

Part 6: Red Hot's legacy in HIV/AIDS activism continues, and the organization's work has adapted to innovate music and philanthropy in the digital music era.

CBGB, New York City, Manhattan, Historical New York Landmark, Black & White
Features

Red Hot + 30 Years Old: How a Group of Activists Made an HIV Charity a Musical Iconoclast

Part 1: "It wasn't really that I even had the expertise. … It was just I was so beside myself and so outraged and so driven," Red Hot Organization co-founder Leigh Blake recalls.

Red Hot's Keith Haring PSA
Features

Red Hot + Launches and Succeeds in the MTV Era

Past 2: From Cole Porter to dance, grunge, and country, Red Hot bum-rushed the early '90s with prolific compilation albums and HIV/AIDS awareness.