The time for ending any lingering stigma attached to HIV/AIDS and HIV testing is now, and HIV Equal, a social media anti-stigma campaign, is taking unique, fashionable steps to achieve this goal.
Many fabulous faces have been filing into the L.A. studio over the last couple of days. After photographing celebs such as Broadway stars Nick Adams and Billy Porter and professional boy toy Nick Gruber earlier this fall, the HIV Equal team was particularly excited to be supported by NOH8 founder Adam Bouska (right), who has effectively illustrated what a social media campaign like this can do to change public opinion. Child star-turned-go go dancer-turned singer Blake McIver and model/activist duo (and Queerty faves) Colby Melvin and Brandon Brown clearly appeal to the younger generation that HIV Equal needs to reach. And who doesn’t love an Andrew Christian model like Pablo Hernandez?
Other City of Angels luminaries such as Bruce Vilanch, Greg Louganis, Mario Diaz, Selene Luna, Jackie Beat and many of the queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race are also scheduled to lend their faces to the campaign. And so can you. If you live in L.A. or will be there before December 10 and want to schedule an appointment for a photo shoot, email founder Jack Mackenroth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See a few exclusive photos from this week’s shoot below.
Brandon Brown, Colby Melvin