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Jack Waters and Peter Cramer by MikeBaileyGates
Features

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.

still from 5B
Interviews

‘5B’ May Be the Most Visceral and Moving 1980s AIDS Documentary Ever Made

We interview director Dan Krauss about his new film, which documents the early years of AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital.

LOIS CONLEY credit Katherine Simóne Reynolds
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.