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Broadway's Hernando Umana Comes Out as HIV Positive

In what he called "the most important, scary, and liberating post of my life," New York actor Hernando Umana came out via Instagram as a proud gay man living with HIV.

By Charles Sanchez

Why Elton John Owes Black People an Apology After AIDS 2018 Remarks

"I never would have imagined that on just the second day of the conference I would bear witness to the silencing of black gay men's voices and an affront to the experiences of black people across the diaspora -- perpetrated by none other than Elton J...

By Cheriko A. Boone, M.S.W., M.P.H.

Going XXX: HIV-Positive Activist Jack Mackenroth Comes Into His Own

The former Project Runway contestant and HIV activist makes a foray into adult entertainment.

By Charles Sanchez

Meeting Armistead Maupin: My Moment With the Legendary Author

"What do you do when you meet one of your heroes?" Charles Sanchez asks. "Well, if you're me, you gush, nervously giggle, say something you shouldn't, then ask for a favor."

By Charles Sanchez

Untying Tongues: A Conversation With Darryl Stephens on Joseph Beam, Black Gay Men, and Ending HIV Stigma

The Noah's Arc actor discusses Joseph Beam and what Black gay men can do today to fight HIV stigma.

By Kenyon Farrow

Making Black Gay Lives Matter: A Conversation With Darryl Stephens on the Impact of Joseph Beam (and Noah's Arc)

Honoring the birthday of late black gay writer and activist Joseph Beam, actor Darryl Stephens discusses the legacy of Beam, as well as his own in the breakout show Noah's Arc.

By Kenyon Farrow

Todrick Hall on HIV Awareness, Stigma and Fear Among People of Color

Despite his celebrity status and large body of work, Todrick Hall still makes time to shine a light on HIV issues among people of color. Charles Sanchez recently talked with him about how HIV has affected his life and his advocacy.

By Charles Sanchez

I Was an American Girl: One Trans Guy Says Thanks and Bye to Tom Petty

"Petty's vision of American girls was expansive and he was on what I'll just loosely refer to as 'our side': the side that bridges trauma and resistance."

By JD Davids

Living Out Loud: An Interview With Drag Performer Ongina

Since he disclosed his HIV status on season 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Ryan Ong Palao has used the persona of Ongina to promote HIV testing and prevention.

By amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research