Stories of people living with HIV among 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees

This year, the GLAAD Media Awards will once again honor stories of LGBTQ people living with HIV. Several of nominees for the organization's 29th annual ceremony include HIV-related storylines and characters.

Lauded by New Republic Magazine as "a film that does justice to HIV [and] AIDS," BPM (Beats Per Minute) tells the story of ACT UP Paris, an activist group fighting for rights for those living with HIV and AIDS in the early days of the crisis. Throughout the film's 140 minutes, the group stages protests at pharmacies, schools, and other locations to advance their cause. The film was directed by Robin Campillo and co-written by Philippe Mangeot, both of whom were members of the real-life ACT UP group.

ABC's When We Rise,  from out writer/director Dustin Lance Black, also includes multiple HIV-positive characters. The limited series chronicles the history of the LGBTQ community from the 1970s up to modern times, drawing inspiration from the lives of LGBTQ activists Cleve Jones, Ken Jones, and Roma Guy. Both Cleve and Ken learn they are HIV-positive, and they use their struggles as fuel for their passion to fight for equality. The LA Times has called When We Rise "the most impactful LGBTQ-centric series" in over a decade.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men & HIV" is a five-part series by Gracie Bonds Staples featuring black gay men sharing stories of their experiences with HIV. The AJC reports that the series' goal is to give the men featured "a chance to share the stories of shock, struggle, fear, and resilience."

Additional nominees include My Fabulous Disease, a blog by Mark S. King about his experiences living with HIV; "America's Hidden HIV Epidemic," an article by Linda Villarosa published in The New York Times Magazine examining why rates of HIV among black gay and bisexual men in America are higher and rising faster than those of any other group; and Lenny Bernstein's Washington Post article, "Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming," which explores medical authorities' acknowlegment that undetectable viral loads cannot sexually transmit HIV and how such a policy change is changing lives.

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The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBTQ community and issues that build support for equality and acceptance.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 12, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Find out how you can buy tickets or host a table here.

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