Atlanta guys put the South in ‘Sexiest poz guys’

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Busting down barriers has long been a part of Craig Washington’s charm. Now the career activist with gay and AIDS causes close to his heart helps break negative HIV stigmas on a new list with a new twist.

Yet another nationally recognized guy with ties to gay Atlanta put together the 10 of the Sexiest Gay Men Living with HIV for World AIDS Day. Former Atlantan Mark King ranks Washington alongside sexy guys like researcher Hussain Turk, blogger Patrick Ingram, diving legend Greg Louganis, shower selfie stud Jack Mackenroth, and bodybuilder Nelson Virgil.

But looks alone didn't land the guys a mention. Smarts and accomplishments up the sexy game, King writes. “’Sexy’ takes many forms, and I love slipping in HIV/AIDS history lessons to Queerty's huge young audience,” he adds. “I just wish I could have included 1,000 worthy people.”

Of course King includes Mackenroth just a week after doing up his own addition to Mackenroth’s anti-stigma #weareALLclean campaign. But Washington’s inclusion on the “Sexiest” list was a no-brainer as well. Just look at the abridged version of his accomplishments in the listing.

Don’t mess with a strong Southern gentleman, especially one as dapper (and ferocious) as Craig Washington. For more than 20 years, Craig has worked to build community among black gay men and do something about the high rates of infection in the South. His career at AID Atlanta alone is worthy of inclusion in this list, but Craig has dug much deeper, using the inspiration of Bayard Rustin, the gay assistant to Dr. Martin Luther King, to create the Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Breakfast. Acting with charity and concern for others is damn sexy indeed.

We have to agree. Whether he’s working World AIDS Day, needling the powers that be and taking on the CDC, taking sides advocating for sex workers, or being lauded as a local LGBT hero, Washington is a constant example of surviving and thriving.

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