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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
Leo Herrera
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
Michael "Daphne" Alogna
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
1984 Fuck You Faggot Fucker edit copy
Interviews

This New Documentary Beautifully Narrates the Life and Work of Artist and Activist David Wojnarowicz

Watchable online Nov. 11 to 19, it’s a footage-rich look at the output of a rebel icon who died of AIDS in 1992.

By Tim Murphy
Grace
Viewpoints

5 Ways the ‘Greenleaf’ HIV Storyline Missed an Opportunity to Educate Viewers

The popular drama on OWN doesn’t even get the basics of HIV right.

By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
Jacob Gibson as AJ Delajae and Merle Dandridge as Grace Greenleaf
Viewpoints

To the ‘Greenleaf’ Writers and Tyler Perry: HIV Is Not a Plot Twist for the Sake of Drama

There are no monsters, just viruses.

By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
Abdi Nazemian
Interviews

Coming of Age in the Early Days of the HIV Pandemic Is ‘Like a Love Story’

Sherri Lewis interviews award-winning novelist and screenwriter Abdi Nazemian about his new book, Like a Love Story.

By Sherri Lewis
 Branden James
Features

‘America’s Got Talent’ Alum Branden James Opens Up About Family, Music, and HIV

The singer discusses his upcoming album release Chasing Dreams.

By Charles Sanchez