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Peter Staley
Peter Staley has been a long-term AIDS and gay rights activist, first as a member of ACT UP New York, then as the founding director of TAG, the Treatment Action Group. He served on the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) for 13 years and then founded, an educational website for people living with HIV. Staley is a leading subject in the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague.

Entries by Peter Staley

Stop Picking On Zachary Quinto

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 8:03 PM


You can count on one hand the number of times a young, openly gay Hollywood actor has talked about HIV/AIDS in the last decade. In fact, you'd probably only need a couple of fingers. Zachary Quinto just boldly went where few...

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Ebola vs. AIDS, Obama vs. Reagan

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 11:42 PM


Compare and contrast: Ebola vs. AIDS, Obama vs. Reagan. Anyone who continues to defend President Reagan's response to AIDS is ignoring a history of gross negligence compared with the response to other disease outbreaks in the U.S.

Here's the first time President Obama's...

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Anti-PrEP Scare Tactics

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:41 AM


Anti-PrEP hysteria is hitting new lows, with attempts to frighten early adopters of Truvada PrEP, the pill that is highly effective at blocking HIV infections. In what almost became a story in The New York Times, someone used the new and highly popular...

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The Normal Heart's Problematic White Men

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 1:27 PM


It took over 20 years for Larry Kramer to finally see his gut-punching AIDS play The Normal Heart put to film (kudos to Ryan Murphy and HBO), but only days for the movie's few critics to slam its lack of racial...

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Obama's Challenge to the LGBT Community

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Lost in all the online coverage of President Obama's speech at the DNC LGBT Gala this week in New York -- with his powerful words on the AIDS crisis and his announcement that he would sign an executive order barring federal contractors from firing us, which garnered a standing ovation...

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Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War

(265) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Here are salvos from a new battle: Calling a young, HIV-negative gay man a "Truvada whore" simply for choosing a prevention option with a higher efficacy rate than condoms. Becoming indignant when someone says AIDS is still a gay problem. Turning to the police when you find out the guy...

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Hey CDC, You Can Suck My...

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 10:11 AM

Great news. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finally updated their fact sheet titled "Oral Sex and HIV Risk." I won't quibble about the first bullet: "The risk of HIV transmission through oral sex is much less than that from anal or vaginal sex -- but it is...

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Time for GMHC to Lead

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 6:09 PM

2013-09-19-GMHC.jpgMany of us working in AIDS didn't see this coming, but GMHC announced last week that their long-serving CEO, Dr. Marjorie Hill, would be stepping down, effective in just two weeks. They titled their press release "A New Direction for...

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Is This My Beautiful Life?

(13) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 8:12 PM


In recent months I've had the honor of being part of the Medius Working Group, described as "a disparate group of activists who seek to honor their late friend Spencer Cox, an activist keenly aware of the unique needs and...

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Grief Is a Sword: A Eulogy for Spencer Cox

(13) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 9:09 PM

Editor's note: This eulogy was delivered at "Spencer Cox: A Celebration of Life," a memorial service held on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2012, at The Cutting Room in New York City.

I want to remember the activist. I first met Spencer when he started showing up at ACT UP...

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