HIV in Film, TV, and Media

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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

New Documentary Shows Life After Meth Addiction for Gay Men

'Crystal City' is the latest documentary addressing 'party and play' culture -- and its director hopes it will reduce stigma against people in recovery.

By Tim Murphy

Reading Race in 1990s HIV Theater and Film

"Especially in the case of the [white] HIV-positive figures ... in Rent and Angels in America, these queer figures of color serve to remind audiences, 'Well, at least I'm not that,'" Danielle Fuentes Morgan says.

By Kenyon Farrow

The Freddie Mercury Story That Goes Untold in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

"The film has been dogged by accusations of homophobia," writes Laurie Marhoefer. "But as a gay historian, I keep coming back to something else –- the tragic history that's glaringly absent from this movie."

By Laurie Marhoefer for The Conversation

The Musical 'Rent' Will Be Televised, but Has It Lost Its Potential to Spark Action Against HIV Stigma?

When Rent opened on Broadway in 1996, it was a radical push against the stigma of living with HIV. But can the upcoming live televised production on Fox go beyond shallow sentimentality?

By Charles Sanchez

'POZ ROZ' Wants 'Pozitive' Vibes With New Digital Comedy

This refreshing series following an African-American millennial woman living with HIV avoids the sappy or sentimental.

By George Kevin Jordan

Intergenerational Jealousy and Serodiscordant Black Gay Romance: Creators of Daddyhunt's Season 3 Serial Spill the T

We chatted about all the new developments with principal storyline creators Casey Crawford, Daddyhunt's general manager, and Dan Wohlfeiler, cofounder of Building Healthy Online Communities.

By Tim Murphy

HIV on TV: Why Representation Matters

"Although many major TV networks and streaming services have a long way to go when it comes to being more inclusive of sharing the stories of characters living with HIV, there is some hope," Raven Feagins writes.

By Raven Feagins for AIDS Foundation of Chicago

FX Series 'Pose' Brings to Life HIV History Through Black and Latinx Characters

It didn't take long for Pose, the Sunday night FX series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, to achieve critical acclaim and become a cultural hit among black and Latinx LGBT communities.

By George Kevin Jordan

Hope Inspires Victory: HIV-Positive Filmmaker Richard Flores

With so many tragedies and challenges in his life, it would have been easy for Richard Flores to give up. Instead, he has become a documentary filmmaker.

By Charles Sanchez