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George M. Johnson in 2016

“There’s Going to Be a Narrative Only You Can Tell”

A message of hope and purpose from a leader in HIV advocacy and Black queer empowerment.

NYC Unity Project.

COVID-19 Budget Cuts Are Quashing NYC’s Brand-New Summer Career Program for LGBTQ Homeless Youth

The project, funded at $2.7 million over four years, was to start July 1. Queer youth and their allies are devastated.

Larry Kramer

Comrades and Friends Remember Gay AIDS Activist & Writer Larry Kramer

The co-founder of GMHC & ACT-UP, and writer of books and plays is remembered

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.

Jericho Brown.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Jericho Brown on His Forebears, HIV, and How to Enjoy Success in the Time of COVID-19

“I feel like I’m part of something much larger than myself,” he told TheBody.

Devin Quinn.

How TikTok and New Recipes Are Helping This Activist Cope With COVID-19 Quarantine

“As a person who works in public health and is living with HIV … this has prepared me rather well for this, to be able to know how to get through and acknowledge what I have to do.”

Lee Kidd Ariq Cabbler credit Alberto Forbes

How Bike Riding and Steering Clear of Fear Help This Activist Cope With COVID-19 Quarantine

“I’ve been single and living alone for so long. I’ve become lonelier.”

RAIN: Darlena Blackwell, Traye Gaines, Chelsea Gulden

Keeping Positive and Caring for Kids as You Cope in the COVID Era

“Helping other people that are in worse positions than me has really been the highlight of this.”

Ace Robinson and cousin

African Americans Are Bearing the Brunt of the Coronavirus Pandemic—Including My Family in Albany, Georgia

HIV advocate Ace Robinson writes about the devastating impact of losing several family members to COVID-19.