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After the Cure

Posted on August 15, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Winner, Christopher Hewitt Award for Fiction After the Cure by Stephen S. Mills My fingers were always the perfect size for ribbon making: for cutting, looping, and pinning, or at least that’s what Charlie always said. But maybe he told me this so I’d do all the ribbons, and he could sit back and watch [...]

5th Annual LifeRide

Posted on August 12, 2014 by in Features, Noteworthy

Lead Feet and Heavy Hearts Fueled by amfAR and Kiehl’s, 5th Annual LifeRide motors across states to Governor’s Island for an unveiling of the Quilt Text and Photos by Sean Black On Monday, August 11th, after a 12-day motorcycle journey from Milwaukee to New York City, a band of not-so-weary travellers revved their engines onto [...]

Suzanne Somers

Posted on August 11, 2014 by in Cover Story

Her Dedication At sixty-seven, acclaimed entertainer, women’s health and beauty advocate & bestselling author Suzanne Somers turns the pages of her life to the chapters facing AIDS by Sean Black Photos by Cindy Gold Suzanne Somers is feeling good and staying healthy—Naturally! Beloved worldwide for her endearing role as Chrissy Snow on the smash sitcom, [...]

Kevin Truong

Posted on July 15, 2014 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Kevin Truong What keeps Miss Ruby on top of her game? The four divine “P’s,” that’s what—Patience plus Persistence plus Passion equals Payoff! This is my daily mantra and it seems to be the same for photographer, Kevin Truong (rhymes with “thong”). Creator of The Gay Men Project, he travels [...]

Michael Urie

Posted on July 7, 2014 by in Cover Story

Stepping Back Michael Urie Discusses the Importance of the Arts in Teaching Life’s Lessons by Dann Dulin Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Annie Tritt My favorite Pandora station is ‘Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’!” boasts Michael Urie with stirring delight. He then air trumpets a few notes from the 1965 hit, “Whipped Cream.” An [...]

The Stigma Project

Posted on June 20, 2014 by in Features

The Benefit of Friends Scott McPherson and Chris Richey Became Fast Pals, and Then Evolved That Relationship Into Empowering Others with The Stigma Project by Dann Dulin They clicked. When Chris Richey and Scott McPherson met in Los Angeles, they discovered that they were both passionate about the same issues. One issue was HIV/AIDS stigma. [...]

Gerard H. Gaskin

Posted on June 13, 2014 by in Gallery

Through the Lens Award-winning photographer Gerard H. Gaskin captures a then-and-now portrait of the AIDS pandemic by Alina Oswald While many may not recognize his name, photographer Gerard H. Gaskin has become a household name within the ballroom scene, which is an often-underground subgroup of the LGBTQ community. Born in Trinidad, Gaskin came to New [...]

Front Seat Chronicles

Posted on May 22, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

Getting Real Behind the Wheel Allen Sowelle & Josh Feinman Take Front Seat Roles in Discussing HIV Seroconversion Along with Other Social Woes by Sean Black Front Seat Chronicles is a Web-based programming series that skillfully navigates a myriad of tough conversations ranging in topic from death and incarceration to marriage equality and HIV infection. [...]

Dominique Drakeford

Posted on March 17, 2014 by in Features

Facing AIDS Through Fashion Entrepreneur Dominique Drakeford Uses Her Talent to Spread Awareness by Jermane Graham Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Alina Oswald Picture this; you’re at the first annual World AIDS Condom Couture Fashion Show hosted by the student-run organization Face AIDS NYU. Your expectations aren’t skyscraper high; neither are they below sea level. [...]

Sophie B. Hawkins

Posted on January 17, 2014 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Sophie B. Hawkins Sophie B. Hawkins’s music is like her lover—it exposes, inspires, and even threatens. Yummy. After reading this revelation in an interview of this singer, songwriter, and musician, I knew I’d bond with this gal. Over the past two decades, Sophie’s had many chart busters. In the early [...]