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Aundaray Guess
Aundaray Guess is the program manager for Project Wipeout, a program that focuses on wiping out HIV stigma in social and personal environments. He heads the new initiative of addressing HIV stigma in faith-based institutions along with the current offering of presenting anti-stigma trainings in the workplace environment. He has an extensive record of speaking to various organizations and schools about living with HIV for 25 years. He also blogs about his life experience on In addition, he is a performing artist and producer who has created Flayva Cabaret, a bimonthly cabaret that showcases LGBT artists of color, as well as being the writer and star of several one-man shows. He has worked on various television and movies, including Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, the upcoming show NYC-22, and his latest project, Unfaithful, which aired on the OWN Network. He recently obtained a B.A. in social science, with a focus on media studies.

Entries by Aundaray Guess

Blueboy -- A Tale of Yesteryear

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 3:02 PM

I crept in the basement with silent steps making sure no one followed me, listening careful to determine if anyone else was also down here. Being I was only 12, I was usually afraid of any basements, not just my own. This fear came from watching the late Saturday night...

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The Online Race

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 2:53 PM

There has been plenty of discussion about race and race relations in this country. Expressed feelings are still being stated from the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman, and most recently, we heard the opinion of CNN newscaster Don Lemon who echoed a known conservative as they gave voice to...

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Is Mark Carson's Death an Opportunity for a New Matthew Shepard Moment?

(10) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 7:43 PM

As some may have heard, in the late hours of Friday night, a young man was shot in cold blood on the streets of New York City. Some people see such violence as a fact of life that comes with living in a large city, but this was not just...

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Confessions of a Former Hottie

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 6:43 PM

Standing on the train platform I looked down and spied a young black youth who looked to be in his early twenties. Instantly my gaydar went off and in his steps he wasn't trying to hide who he was. Seeing him strut down the platform made me smile as he...

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Unshackled Together: Dialogue With My Straight Brothers

(41) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 8:20 AM

This letter is part of our "Letters to Our Ancestors" project. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we've asked members of our community to share their own letters to our forefathers. With these letters, we hope to look back on the progress our community has made...

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Waving My PFLAG

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:25 PM

As I and several other adults prepared to speak to the high school class, for a moment I felt like I was once again a high school student as the feelings that are associated with high school revisited me. Standing in front of all those eyes -- young eyes, some...

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Feet Walking Forward: The Life of William Brandon Lacy Campos

(14) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 5:45 PM

When I signed into Facebook Saturday morning, I was prepared to post something witty about my need for coffee to get my weekend going. I was expecting to see in my News Feed the usual praise for God, posts about wild Friday-night experiences and a few Instagram photos of folks...

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Walking Into Positivity

(8) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 4:24 PM

"I guess I shoulda known
By the way you parked your car sideways
That it wouldn't last.
See, you're the kinda person
That believes in makin' out once,
Love 'em and leave 'em fast."
--Prince, "Little Red Corvette"

In writing about my life with...

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Looking Beyond HIV When It Comes to Gay Men of Color

(20) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 6:27 PM

Much has been mentioned about the fact that many African-American men, especially youth, are getting infected with HIV in growing numbers. Many of those who are noticing are scratching their heads and asking why is this happening, especially in this day and age when almost anyone can get a free...

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Christmas in July: An Intersection of HIV and Faith-Based Communities

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 8:29 PM

Living in Harlem, you can't throw a quarter without hitting a church. Walking to the subway, you'll past at least four before you get to the entrance. Whatever your faith, I'm sure you'll find representation, from the testifying Baptist women with their crown hats to the Muslim men in colorful...

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Celebrating 'Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of Afro American Male Couples from the Distant Past'

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 2:43 PM

I recently came across a wonderful collection of photographs that show gay men of color who are coupled or posed together in intimate ways that don't cross the line of decency. The wonderful thing about this online gallery is that it dates back as far as the 19th...

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Looking Under Madea's Dress

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 2:07 PM

Tyler Perry. Just saying his name elicits many different responses, depending on whom you ask. You may receive responses such as, "He's a modern-day Stepin Fetchit"; "He's a brilliant artist"; "His movies are filled with coonish characters"; or, "He always tells the same preachy story."

There are few individuals in...

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I Do: How I, a Gay Black Man, Came Around on Same-Sex Marriage

(72) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 6:09 PM

When New York City passed the right for gay couples to get married, it was definitely a happy and history-making occasion. The same rights were now being given to those who were previously denied them based solely on their sexuality. Finally New Yorkers, after many years of fighting and lobbying,...

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Black, Gay, HIV-Positive... And Now a College Graduate!

(9) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 5:45 PM

I don't think I can do this.

This is what I told myself as I finished my first class of my freshman year at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU SCPS). The words were familiar to me, having echoed throughout my life. It started with my...

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