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Blind Angels


A Courageous Studios production with Gilead Sciences, Blind Angels is a new docuseries on HIV in the American South. This production honors the grassroots activists and organizations who are working to destigmatize and raise awareness of HIV in their own communities. Each episode spotlights a different activist as they work to bring HIV awareness, education, prevention, and care to their communities.

The South is currently considered the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the United States, comprising just over half of new HIV diagnoses in 2018. Many people in the South live in poverty and without health insurance—in fact, when compared with the rest of the country, the South had some of the highest rates of poverty and uninsured people, according to 2017 data. Additionally, people of color and other marginalized communities face even higher rates of HIV in this region, with Black and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) and Black women bearing the brunt of the epidemic. Transgender people living in the South also face disproportionately high rates of new HIV diagnoses. The Blind Angels series explores the challenges faced by some of these communities—including Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee—and shines a light on the impact of courage, family, and love.

Blind Angels celebrates the people who are working every day in the American South to fight for access, education, and resources that can help end the HIV epidemic.

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Blind Angels is the story of advocates working within their communities across the American South to help end the HIV epidemic.

Birmingham, AL: Tony Christon-Walker

Birmingham, AL has a tumultuous racial history—one that continues to impact the lives of Black gay men, especially those impacted by HIV. Tony Christon-Walker, a long-term HIV survivor, has dedicated his life to helping younger generations of Black gay men access tools that can help them protect their sexual health.

Durham, NC: José Romero

As a peer navigator, José works to build trust and support within his community to help overcome challenges—such as language barriers, immigration status, and poverty—that make it harder for some Hispanics/Latinos to access healthcare. Their story is one of family and love.

Richmond, VA: Zakia McKensey

A fearless activist for LGBTQIA+ and trans rights, Zakia McKensey is working to dismantle stigma and misinformation in VA. She brings HIV testing and care to local communities, offering a food pantry and other services for LGBTQIA+ people and specifically trans women of color.


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