iOS app Android app

Aids Activists

The Normal Heart's Problematic White Men

Peter Staley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

It took over 20 years for Larry Kramer to finally see his gut-punching AIDS play The Normal Heart put to film, but only days for the movie's few critics to slam its lack of racial and gender diversity. In what is now becoming a familiar pattern, filmmakers are being told to diversify our history, even if that history was less than diverse.

Controversial HIV Prevention Drug Is 'A Good Thing,' Says Longtime AIDS Activist

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Longtime AIDS activist Robert Levithan revealed his thoughts on controversial HIV prevention drug Truvada in an interview with HuffPost Live this week...

The War to Defeat AIDS Must Continue

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have heard some people refer to our current era as one in which HIV/AIDS and the discrimination surrounding it no longer pose major physical and social barriers. Unfortunately, nothing can be further from the truth even though much has improved since those terrible early years.

My Dad Died Of AIDS, But Here's Why We Told People He Died Of Cancer

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Photographer and AIDS activist Duane Cramer opened up about his father's diagnosis with HIV as well as his personal experience living with the virus i...

Not Buying Dallas Buyers Club

Patrick Mulcahey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick Mulcahey

Critics have showered Dallas Buyers Club with praise, which is good news for Focus Features and Matthew McConaughey, whose outsized performance swings for the fences. But it's bad news for LGBT history and the history of AIDS activism.

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.

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.

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...

Vito Russo's 'Why We Fight': Revisiting The Explosive 1988 AIDS Speech

Jeffrey Schwarz | Posted 09.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Schwarz

"Why We Fight" was a fiery 1988 speech given before a tumultuous crowd of angry ACT UP demonstrators at the New York State Capitol in Albany. Today, July 11, on what would have been Vito's 66th birthday, we present "Why We Fight" in its entirety.

Mount (Larry) Kramer Rumbles: ACT UP Achieved Heroic Feats, But They Weren't The Only AIDS Heroes

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.06.2012 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

In more than 25 years of reporting on AIDS, I have been honored to know many heroes of the AIDS epidemic. Not all of them have been as visible or vocal as Kramer and ACT UP, but the contributions they made, the prices they paid, the risks they took were just as real.

Lucia Graves

Police Arrest 29 At Capitol For Protesting Clean Needle Exchange Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a demonstration Wednesday against the federal ban on clean needle exchange programs, a total of 29 AIDS activists were arrested a...

25 Years After Son's AIDS-Related Death, Mo. Mom Continues To Advocate For Sufferers

chesterfield.patch.com | Posted 12.01.2011 | Impact

When Michael Levy was 7 years old, his parents bought him a piano from a Memphis church. It may be big and ugly, as his mother Pat describes it, and i...