Many New York City school students, including the Muslim students who spoke to Mic, must pass through a metal detector every day.
Girls age 8 or younger face sexual comments, sometimes within their own homes. Some shared their stories with Mic.
For moms of black children, worrying starts prior to school.
There once was a time when disruption was seen as revolutionary — like in the ACT UP days — but now many LGBT people think we should play nice. Jennicet Gutierrez and this writer are not those people.
"In 2011, the same year I lost my father to an AIDS-related illness, I lost my virginity to a man I barely knew. I also moved to Washington Heights in Manhattan, where the men appreciated my curvy body, and stumbled to find my footing both as a modern AIDS orphan and as a sexually liberated young queer."
As a young man, I lost my father to AIDS-related illness. Now I look for echoes of him in the men I choose to love.
AIDS IS NO JOKE looks at several mediums, especially photography, and asks: "Why did the artist choose to capture this moment?"
My life-loving father grew up on New York’s Lower East Side, where he struggled with addiction and various health ailments. After he died of AIDS, I looked for ways that he might speak to me. Now I’ve found a way that I speak to him: through my own activism.