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Episode two of the Strip AIDS 2020 podcast is now live!

Hosted by Alexandro Segade, our first season of podcasts feature the comics artists of Strip AIDS 2020 in conversation with fellow AIDS activists to discuss themes and issues that are brought up in each comic.

As a visual and accessible medium, comics have long been used as educational tools in the fight against HIV and AIDS, providing life-saving information about safer sex practices and representing communities and perspectives often erased from public health narratives.

Episode 2: Legalize Positivity

Inés Ixierda and Clio Sady with Robert Suttle

HIV criminalization activist Robert Suttle speaks with Inés Ixierda and Clio Sady about their comic Legalize Positivity. Together, they discuss how HIV criminalization codifies stigma, the origins of the prison-industrial complex, and how prisons perpetuate harm.

Read the comic here! And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify.

Inés Ixierda is a queer, half Bolivian interdisciplinary visual artist, media maker, and bruja, drawing subversive medical narratives and casting decolonial protection spells in Oakland, CA, unceded Ohlone land. inesixierda.com | @ines_ixierda

Clio Reese Sady is a disabled queer mixed Arab and white comics artist living in East Oakland, CA who's currently working on an anarchafeminist murder mystery graphic novel and loves smoking and shooting pool. clioreesesady.com | @rockbeatsscissorsbeatspaper

Robert Suttle is a social justice activist and a leader in the fight against HIV criminalization, working with the Sero Project and other organizations for many years.

Alexandro Segade is an artist and writer based in New York. His graphic novel The Context was published by Primary Information this year, and his podcast Supergay explores the ways that superhero comics have always been queer. Segade is a founding member of the collective My Barbarian, which has a survey exhibition scheduled at the Whitney Museum in 2021, and he is an assistant professor of art at Cornell University. alexandrosegade.net

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A transcript of the conversation will be available soon.

Visual AIDS thanks Robert Suttle, Inés Ixierda, and Clio Sady for participating in this episode. Special thanks to Alexandro Segade for hosting and consulting on the podcast, and to Fletcher Aleckson for recording and editing. Strip AIDS 2020 is curated by Paul Sammut for Visual AIDS.

Strip AIDS 2020 was funded in part by The New York Community Trust DIFFA Fund. The Strip AIDS 2020 website and related programming is funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.