Diane Watson

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Diane Watson “Let us shift our priorities. Let us train an army of doctors to fight the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Let us declare war on this dreaded disease.” Think of Diane Watson as a one-woman army, fighting valiantly against the epidemic on the political front, first in California State Senate and now in the …

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Willie Brown

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Willie Brown The world was just two years into the mysterious new disease still thought of as a “gay plague” when Willie Brown got an urgent request for help from a San Francisco activist. If doctors were going to find out what was causing this deadly illness, the activist pleaded, they needed money, real …

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Fredette West

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Fredette West Watching the news and reading the papers, you’d get the impression that members of Congress are lone actors, toiling away on their own, with an expert grasp on every public policy issue that comes before them. And, to be sure, they’re a hard working and well-informed bunch. But anybody who’s spent time …

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Vincent Hughes

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Vincent Hughes State Senator Vincent Hughes represents a Philadelphia rarely seen in Hollywood, a Philadelphia ravaged by the realities of HIV and AIDS. The youth of the city of brotherly love are especially affected, but their voice to the rest of the world has a message of hope: “We can have victory over this …

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Magic Johnson

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Magic Johnson There have been many great athletes in this century. But only one has a smile as famous as the Mona Lisa. It’s a big, wide smile that we can’t ever imagine being false.  It transmits his warmth. It enables us to see into his heart. But on November 7, 1991, that smile …

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Jacquie Stephens

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Jacquie Stephens “Let us shift our priorities. Let us train an army of doctors to fight the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Let us declare war on this dreaded disease.” Think of Diane Watson as a one-woman army, fighting valiantly against the epidemic on the political front, first in California State Senate and now in the …

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George Bellinger

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} George Bellinger The year was 1982 and, like most other Black gay men in Washington, D.C., George Bellinger, Jr. wasn’t too worried about the mysterious cases of “gay cancer” popping up in New York City and California. It was in the white gay community, not his own , so why worry? “I fell into …

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Mo’Nique

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Mo’Nique In 1985, she was sitting in a college classroom with her best girlfriend when the professor announced that there was this new disease, one you can only get by coming in contact with a gay man or IV drug users. In 2002, she saw that same best girlfriend die of AIDS. Mo’Nique knows …

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Paris Barclay

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Paris Barclay A film, television, and Broadway director who boasts two Emmys (and four more nominations) atop his lengthy list of industry awards has a lot of accomplishments. But Paris Barclay, whose latest work is with the team that brings us the acclaimed NBC drama series The West Wing, says his greatest achievement has …

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Jewel Thaïs-Williams

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Jewel Thaïs-Williams In a city notorious for its fickle tastes, where many are looking for “the next big thing,” one Los Angeles nightclub has been a steady force to be reckoned with for 30 long years. Jewel’s Catch One, owned by Jewel Thaïs-Williams, is a landmark establishment for people “in the life,” a club …

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