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August 26th, 2015

‘Small Town Rage’ Documents ACT UP in the Deep South

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When Alana Oldham was only 17 years old, she found out the meaning of activism. A close friend had received an AIDS diagnosis and he wasn’t expected to live very long. Alana wanted to take […]

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August 18th, 2015

The Wonderful, Stigma-Bashing ‘Wizards of Poz’

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Any campaign that blends living with HIV with a sense of empowerment and joy always grabs my attention. Stigma remains one of the most damaging forces in our struggle to both combat new infections and […]

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July 7th, 2015

The Relentless Affections of Amy Ferris

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“We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” — Marianne Williamson The first time I met Amy Ferris, several years ago, she cupped […]

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June 29th, 2015

Five Reasons to Take the HIV Test Right Now

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Sometimes it’s helpful to get back to basics, and there is no more basic, effective tool to fight the HIV epidemic than to encourage testing. How long has it been for you, my friend? Here are […]

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June 25th, 2015

Five Activists Give the Ten Worst Offenses of AHF’s Michael Weinstein

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(I was proud to join four fellow activists contributing to this story, which originally appeared on the site HIV Equal. If you have ever wondered what all the fuss is about — or think the […]

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June 1st, 2015

The Visual AIDS Web Gallery “Proud to be Positive”

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June is Pride Month in the LGBT community, and I was honored to be asked by Visual AIDS to curate a “web gallery” on the topic. Immediately, I considered a question that I had once posed […]

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May 25th, 2015

The Odds of Love

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This post will never be as romantic as I would like it to be. And it could never be as romantic as the truth. On the evening of July 22, 2012, Michael Mitchell went to […]

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May 9th, 2015

What It Feels Like for a Mom

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“A boy’s best friend is his mother.” — Norman Bates, Psycho I was standing at the ticket counter of the movie theater and couldn’t believe my ears. They were telling me that Theater of Blood, […]

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April 21st, 2015

AHF Reinstates Advocacy Funding and They Totally Mean It This Time

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has quietly reinstated funding to a Louisiana AIDS advocacy event, two weeks after pulling their support because one of the event organizers is involved in a whistleblower lawsuit against AHF. But […]

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April 20th, 2015

IT’S NOT OVER: Signorile Rejects “Victory Blindness”

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On October 1, 1991, I joined furious LGBT protestors who took to the streets of West Hollywood, California. The newly elected Governor Pete Wilson, who had met with advocates during his campaign and assured them […]

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