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Announcing the fourth and final episode of our Strip AIDS 2020 podcast, hosted by Alexandro Segade!

Each episode features one of the comics artists of Strip AIDS 2020 in conversation with fellow AIDS activists.

Episode 4: Strutting to Stop Stigma

Mel Rattue with Rae Lewis-Thornton

Award winning ‘diva living with AIDS’, Rae Lewis-Thornton speaks to Mel Rattue about her comic “Strutting to Stop Stigma" and Catwalk4Power, a group of women living with HIV who work to empower each other by organizing workshops and fashion shows. They discuss their experiences as women living with HIV, their activism, and how they both learned to speak up to support other women.

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

Mel Rattue is an activist, artist and founder of PositivelyMindful.org, a community interest company which provides peer support for people living with HIV. @positivelymindfulhiv | Download the Catwalk4Power Toolkit.

Rae Lewis-Thornton is an Emmy Award winning AIDS Activist. She has been featured in countless magazines and media outlets, Woman's Day, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, and shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, Dateline, Huffington Post, CNN, HLN News and BET and many more. She is an award-winning blogger, jewelry designer and artist. Rae has been living with HIV for 33 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 Mel Rattue and Rae Lewis-Thornton 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.

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