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A Balm In Gilead

Matthew Ebert | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

All those faces smiling back at me in their colorful brochures do not reassure me that HIV transmission is being minimized.

Video: Fighting Back Against Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 03.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelly Cogswell

Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On Friday, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved.

Bridging the Gay Generation Gap

Charlie Ferrusi | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlie Ferrusi

Together we must open our minds, bridge the intergenerational gap, and for God's sake, please put down the finger.

Not an Advocate: An Open, Angry Letter Concerning the Pope as LGBT Ally

Simon Moritz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Simon Moritz

Every definition of both "activism" and "advocate" requires intentional work in the service of a goal. The pope is neither activist nor advocate.

Zach Carter

How Rachel Maddow Helped Force Bill Clinton's Support For Mandela's AIDS Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow played a supporting role in pressuring former President Bill Clinton into abandoning his administration's hostility to Nelson...

'You'll Never Get a Date Now': On Being Straight in the AIDS Community

Victoria Noe | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Victoria Noe

It was 1989, and I'd just told a former boyfriend that I was taking a break from my fundraising consulting practice to become the development director at Chicago House, a residential program for people living with AIDS. He was right: Nothing ruined the evening like telling a guy where I worked.

To Those Who Stood Against AIDS Apathy: Thank You

David Furnish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
David Furnish

The government regulatory bodies were insisting on such a slow testing process that they were effectively condemning to death anybody who was diagnosed with HIV. As far as the authorities were concerned, the message was, "Go die quietly." They clearly hadn't met Larry Kramer.

Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that antiretrovirals not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions.

Larry Kramer, Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Putin and the Life-and-Death Importance of Speaking Out

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What Larry Kramer, inspired so profoundly by Hannah Arendt, demonstrated is that the importance of our voices -- of speaking our minds and our truths, of organizing, of acting up and out -- can mean the difference between life and death. Which brings us to the situation in Russia.

Medical Research: Don't Let This Pillar of National Pride Crumble

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

Americans believe medical research is important for reducing healthcare costs and feel the current spending on biomedical research is insufficient. The message is clear, yet America's voices are not being heard in the budget deficit reduction debate.

WATCH: 'Most Original Stoli Guy' Gets Ambushed By ACT UP

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices

Activists associated with ACT UP / NY disrupted Stoli Vodka's "Most Original Stoli Guy" event last night, July 30, at Splash Bar in Chelsea. The ...

HIV: Gay Again

Jim Eigo | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Jim Eigo

On Dec. 19, 2012, the CDC released a report, "Estimated HIV Incidence in the United States, 2007-2010." To gay readers who'd lived through the AIDS epidemic, the document presented a landscape eerily like the early plague years, when AIDS was a gay disease.

How I Didn't Get AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Most of my young gay friends are uninterested in the history of my membership in ACT UP, but a few, like Jake, are curious, even insistent. I answer their questions and try to explain what it was like to be 25 in the East Village in 1989.

ACT UP Members Reunite, Without the Anger -- At Least for Now

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Kathleen Kiley

Spencer Cox's death triggered an awareness that remaining unconnected (and silent) was no longer effective in dealing with the trauma and sorrow of the AIDS crisis. So former members will converge on a Greenwich Village club to reconnect -- and perhaps settle on a strategy.

The First AIDS Generation: Grappling With Why We're Alive And What It Means

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

All of us who were in the trenches of the AIDS war are today dealing with the grief and the survivor guilt. Many are grappling with deeper scars and something akin to post-traumatic stress. But unlike for veterans of other wars, there isn't any built-in support system for us.

AIDS: The First Five Years

Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts

Recently, artists have begun to examine the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York with a new lens. The Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Surv...

AIDS Activism Has Always Meant Caring Across Generations

Jim Eigo | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Jim Eigo

How bitterly ironic it would be if the first generation of HIV-positive seniors, a generation that, through unprecedented community effort, has managed to survive the plague, should in their last years fall victim to a system that is utterly unprepared to care for them.

What We Talk About When We Talk About AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

In med school, future physicians are trained to look for the prosaic horse -- not the exotic zebra -- when making diagnoses. So I've been told, variously, that I'm a migraineur, a hypochondriac, a schizophrenic. But I'm none of those: I'm a zebra.

"Do You Miss Me?" Asks Ed Koch as Friends and Foes Weigh His Legacy

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

I took this photo of a New York City subway stabbing, part of a wave of transit crimes that included Renee Katz, a flutist and student at the New York...

The Coming Epidemic: Is HIV Really What Killed Spencer Cox?

Andrew Miller | Posted 04.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Those of us who tackled the AIDS epidemic head-on are facing a new plague -- the one that likely killed Spencer Cox. As yet unnamed, it manifests in aimlessness, depression, broken relationships, substance abuse, unsafe sex and suicide.

Dharma Salon: How to Survive a Plague

Catherine Ingram | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts
Catherine Ingram

New York was Ground Zero in the 1980s for the activist AIDS movement known as ACT UP, and David France's wrenching documentary, How to Survive a Plague, captures that time as never before with footage he has gathered going 30 years back.

The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'The Devil' To His Face

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

After seeing Benedict's latest attacks a few weeks ago, calling gay marriage a "threat to the future of humanity," I thought of my upcoming 25th anniversary of calling him out and how it changed my life. Was it wrong to do? Immature? Unproductive? I don't think so.

Grief Is A Sword: A Eulogy For Spencer Cox

Peter Staley | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

This death hit us hard. We have grappled to make sense of it. Why did he stop his meds? What role did his struggle with crystal meth play? Was this a failure of community? Are there lessons we can learn? These aren't just nosy questions by idle bystanders.

Is $33,000 Too Much for a Life-Saving Drug?

Toshio Meronek | Posted 02.25.2013 | San Francisco
Toshio Meronek

People who have HIV/AIDS are able to live longer than ever before, but only if they can get their hands on the drugs. AIDS is still very much a crisis. ACT UP SF is calling for free meds for low-income people, more affordable meds for everyone, and more transparency.

Legendary AIDS Activist Dies At 44

AP | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- AIDS activist Spencer Cox, who helped form an organization to boost treatment research and recently appeared in a documentary about an AID...