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Billy Porter

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
Billy Porter attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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

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

'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
Grace

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
Merce cast JFF finale - Charles Sanchez as Merce credit Merce

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.'

By Charles Sanchez
TheBody: For the Culture -- A World AIDS Day Feature

This World AIDS Day, We're Doin' It for the Culture

TheBody's senior editor discusses the recent explosion of HIV/AIDS-focused arts and culture in the U.S. -- and its long-overdue focus on marginalized communities.

By Kenyon Farrow
Roy Cohn at Studio 54

'Where's My Roy Cohn?' Documentary Depicts Trump's Mentor, the Most Evil Gay Ever

A portrait of a vile man who died in the closet from AIDS.

By Charles Sanchez
Daniel Franzese Advocates for the HIV Community in Hollywood and the Halls of Congress Img

Daniel Franzese Advocates for the HIV Community in Hollywood and the Halls of Congress

The actor and comedian speaks on his work at the AIDSWatch 2019 advocacy event -- and about playing an HIV-positive character.

By Charles Sanchez