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News Analysis

From Pilot to Finale, ‘Pose’ Lived for Our Community

The acclaimed LGBTQ drama series’ finale served as a feast of realness mixed with tributes to real life.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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News

Remembering Marco Castro-Bojorquez, Mexican-American Filmmaker and HIV Activist

Since coming to the U.S. in the 1990s, Castro-Bojorquez had been involved in numerous artistic and activist projects, many of them related to the experience of being a queer, bilingual Latinx immigrant living with HIV.

By Tim Murphy
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Viewpoints

Why It Still Matters When Celebrities Disclose Their HIV Status

Their courage places HIV in mainstream headlines (in a good way), changes the public perception of HIV, and helps in our efforts to force the U.S. government to take action.

By Charles Sanchez
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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
Billy Porter attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Viewpoints

Billy Porter’s HIV Disclosure Speaks to How We Process—and Reject—Shame

When Billy Porter revealed that he has been living with HIV for the past 14 years, Juan Michael Porter II's immediate response was, “This is nobody’s business—but I’m grateful that he’s doing this for our community.”

By Juan Michael Porter II
Character Jill Baxter from It's a Sin
Viewpoints

What Is the Inner Life of Jill Baxter on ‘It’s a Sin’?

True-life women caregivers and activists of the AIDS era in the 1980s talk about whether Jill's "angel of mercy" character is realistic.

By Tim Murphy
It's a Sin
Viewpoints

'It's a Sin' Is a Teary Eyed History Lesson

It’s a Sin, on HBO Max is a five-part drama takes place in 1980s gay London, right at the dawn of the AIDS crisis. The production is a huge hit in the UK, and it’s the first mainstream show in Britain featuring an HIV storyline.

By Charles Sanchez
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News

Going Viral: Queer Artist Leo Herrera on Social Media

How one visual artist works around social-media censorship to start vital conversations about the human experience, queerness, anti-racism, and our responsibilities to each other.

By Charles Sanchez
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Interviews

An Amazing Documentary About 1950s NYC Drag Queens Will Be Widely Viewable Come January

‘P.S. Burn This Letter Please’ began with the discovery of an extraordinary cache of letters written among gays at the height of Eisenhower conservatism.

By Tim Murphy
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Interviews

‘Born to Be’ Is a New Documentary About NYC’s Pioneering Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Surgery

We talked to director Tania Cypriano about this moving film, which premieres online Nov. 18.

By Tim Murphy