Atlanta black gay men offer support, challenge HIV laws

His dick was a lethal weapon, at least according to Missouri state law. But before Michael Johnson aka “Tiger Mandingo” was sentenced in May to 30.5 years in prison for felony HIV exposure and recklessly infect...

Charles Stephens: On problems and perspective

A few weeks back I was co-hosting a staged reading of the Tarell Alvin McCraney play, "Choir Boy," and I ended up in a really horrible mood. I forced a smile onto my face nonetheless and hoped for ...

Charles Stephens: On the Deeper Love Project

This is how I often begin the story: The Deeper Love Project was founded in 1997 at AID Atlanta by Craig Washington. He needed a name for the program, which would reach African-American gay men across Atlanta. ...

Charles Stephens: My two ‘gay mothers’

  We say “coming out” even still—well, some of us do—to describe the naming of one’s sexual identity, publicly, outside of heterosexuality. In this sense, “coming out” is a step, a process, a series of ...