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Esther Kim

Years After Her Diagnosis, Esther Kim Found Her Long (Literal) Road to Acceptance

“Because of my diagnosis and the struggle that I went through, coming to terms with it, I think it has made me a stronger person. I’ve actually accomplished things I never thought I would.”

By Myles Helfand
BLACK LIVES MATTER + Pride

We March in the Same Streets

Pride isn’t cancelled this year—in fact, it’s more inclusive than ever.

By Calvin Johnson
positive crosswalk

How I Navigated Dating and Disclosure After My HIV Diagnosis

De Vonté Williamson writes about his journey of self-love and self-acceptance.

By De Vonté Williamson, MPH
SF tent camps in COVID-19 times

Homelessness and COVID-19

In California’s East Bay, activists are bringing food to people experiencing homelessness, while larger nonprofits are unable to provide meals or masks.

By Antwan Matthews
Dwayne Brown (L) and friend, early 90s.

Coronavirus May Have You Feeling Down. But Don’t Give Up Before the Miracle Happens

Even in mass loss, hope springs eternal.

By Jaime M. Grant
helping hands

What It’s Like Living With HIV While Having to Deliver Positive Results to Others

Being both employee and client ain’t easy. But you’ve got this.

By Michael Lamb
Nilda Rodriguez

Nilda Rodriguez on the Happiness, Sadness, and Education of the Early AIDS Epidemic

Nilda Rodriguez was a newly sober lesbian when she was diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Those two events would change the course of her life forever.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
Kristen & Maggie

How This Lesbian Couple Cared for the First AIDS Patients in Salt Lake City

Kristin Ries and Maggie Snyder met and fell in love while caring for people living with HIV in Salt Lake City. Here, they tell the story of the early epidemic in a very religious town.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
man lit with colors of bisexual flag

It’s Hard to Be a Proud Bisexual and Be HIV Positive

Steve Spencer was just reckoning with his bisexual identity when he found out he was HIV positive. That complicated his coming out process, he writes.

By Steven Spencer
Emil Wilbekin credit Warren White

Emil Wilbekin Is Our Native Son and Afropunk’s Renaissance Man

“I wanted to create a space where we would come together and be forced to look each other in the eye, say hello, speak to each other, and serve as a mirror to each other.”

By Juan Michael Porter II