Pos+tively Beautiful:: A Book of Affirmations + Advice & Advocacy

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During the savage early AIDS years, men like Joseph Beam, Essex Hemphill and Marlon Riggs delivered art that chronicled black gay men’s existence and experience. The anthologies “In The Life,” “Brother To Brother” and the films “Tongues Untied” and “Black Is, Black Ain’t” set blueprints for historicizing black gay men including our experience with AIDS. Pos+tively Beautiful follows the tradition set by the iconic triumvirate. This collection of inspiring narratives gives us the up close and personal story of today’s young black gay men and HIV/AIDS. Its balance of intimate profiles, photo portraits, practical tips, HIV basics, and affirming anecdotes compose a custom made almanac. By speaking out with honesty and integrity, Pos+tively Beautiful demonstrates on behalf of HIV positive black gay men that we are here and that we do not have to dwell in shame. This collective disclosure reneges on the contracts we signed with others to set terms for our acceptance, brand us as “sick” or “diseased”, offer allowances if we pass, and stipulate our silence.

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Guy Anthony is a respected HIV/Aids activist, community leader and author. Diagnosed with HIV as a teen,Guy has dedicated his adult life to the pursuit of neutralizing global HIV/Aids related stigmas. In 2010 he started a lifestyle blog entitled GAS Up Radio (gasupradio.com) and with over 60,000 hits later,GAS Up remains dedicated to its initial intent; to educate and inform a seemingly removed generation. He serves as a member of Atlanta’s black gay Community Advisory Board (CAB) and in 2011 co-created the hit online web-series, “MR.” (https://www.facebook.com/mistershowevo) named in honor of black gay rights activist and filmmaker, Marlon Riggs. His book Pos+tively Beautiful: A Book Of Affirmations, Advocacy & Advice is a collection of inspiring narratives, raw imagery, and affirming anecdotes due out early December 2012. He strongly believes that his visibility will help other HIV positive young men recognize their own beauty and self-worth.

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