John M. Becker

Video Preview: Sean Strub's New Memoir, 'Body Counts'

Filed By John M. Becker | January 16, 2014 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: ACT UP, Body Counts, HIV/AIDS, memoir, Sean Strub

sean-strub-headshot.jpgThis week, veteran LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist Sean Strub released his new book, Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, on

As a twentysomething gay man living in New York City in the 1980s, Sean was at the epicenter of the burgeoning AIDS epidemic that changed his life, the LGBT community, and the world forever:

Scared and angry, he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes readers through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the activist organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time...

By the time a new class of drugs transformed the epidemic in 1996, Strub was emaciated and covered with Kaposi's sarcoma lesions, the scarlet letter of AIDS. He was among the fortunate who returned, Lazaruslike, from the brink of death.

In the midst of it all, Strub founded POZ magazine, produced the hit play The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, and ran for Congress in 1990 as the first openly HIV-positive candidate in U.S. history. He currently serves as the executive director of the Sero Project, a network of people with HIV fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice.

A video preview of Body Counts is after the jump. From the looks of things, Strub's book presents a compelling and critically important glimpse into some of the most formative years in LGBT history.

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