Gay Atlanta activist Guy Anthony, the same person who keeps your gay ass safe on the streets, wants your help to empower HIV-positive men to be strong and fearless. That means he needs cash.
So he’s launched an online campaign to fund his inspirational book. You’ve helped Atlanta queen Tyra Sanchez Kickstart her documentary, photographer Philip Bonneau add to his sexy superheroes series and the Sexual Side Effects shoot a new video. So why not a book profiling three young black gay men in Atlanta living with HIV?
“The intent of this book is to shatter the prevalent social stigmas surrounding those living with HIV,” Anthony says in his Peerbackers pitch. “This book is also purposed to be a sincere and candid resource for those recently diagnosed and/or living with HIV. The message of this book is simple, having HIV does not prohibit anyone from happily loving, living and laughing.”
Anthony says he was inspired after attending the recent International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. and learning more about how HIV disproportionately impacts black gay men. So the idea for “(Pos)+tively Beautiful” was born as an effort to tell the stories of Anthony and two others.
“(Pos)+tively?Beautiful will reduce stigma by associating positive and healthy images of three young, black, gay men residing in Atlanta. Myself (Guy), Chris & Brandon shed light on our bouts with sickness, happiness, adherence and disclosure within our community. I, along with the other two men stand firm in the belief that our visibility will effectively diminish HIV/Aids stigma among our friends, family and community,” Anthony says.
Anthony hopes to raise $2,000 to fund an initial press run of 100 books. A “generous percentage” of each book sale will be donated to AID Atlanta’s Evolution Project, which is a community center for black gay men between the ages of 18 to 28.
But this wouldn’t be crowdfunding without rewards. A $25 pledge earns a handwritten postcard with the book’s cover image. A $100 pledge gets you a package including designer condoms. Donate $100 more and you’ll get thanked by name in the book, too.
With nearly 60 days to go, Anthony’s online effort has raised $85 of his $2,000 goal.
Photo via the Guy Anthony Show