Brad’s parents ran an alternative newspaper, The Local Planet, while he was in high school and it looks like growing up around two politically minded journalist rubbed off on him. He started early; writing for The Local Planet and for The Spokesmen-Review. At 18, Brad stopped writing and got the political bug; volunteering for Al Gore, a family friend’s campaign for mayor and then for John Kerry. After a few failed campaigns he tried his hand at writing again and eventually returned to politics. Spending most of 2008 working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and volunteering for Obama’s campaign. After 2008, Brad took a break from both writing and campaigns and spent some much needed time to work out his priorities.
In March of 2010 Brad was diagnosed with HIV and lost the luxury of figuring his priorities out on his own. He starting writing again to help himself heal and now hopes to write to help other going through similar situations. Bio’s are tricky and his life story won’t fit in a few hundred words but rest assured, Brad can relate to most of you in someway or another. His friends can attest to how busy he’s been the last twenty-five years, which wasn’t always a good thing.
Hivster.com is a site for anyone and for everyone. It was created with the intention of making something new, something that wasn’t already out there. We really hope that we can accomplish that goal and build an open, honest and welcoming community for anyone regardless of your status.
Soldier, writer, drunk, and troublemaker– Ian has been many things in his life, but the overall consensus amongst his associates is unanimous: he is a loudmouthed grump. Ian joined the Army at the tender age of 18 to become an Arabic translator and attended the prestigious Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. It is widely considered the best language school in the world, and he graduated in 2002 with honors. To be honest, it’s been downhill from there. After getting kicked out of the Army for being a man’s man, Ian worked for years in generally sinful occupations, flogging liquor in bars, dealing dildos in porn stores, and generally being a troublemaker and ne’er-do-well. Testing positive in 2009 didn’t really make him any less cranky. He is now trying to bilk the American people out of their money in exchange for reading his complaints about society and government, and I can’t really tell you that it’s any more of an admirable pastime than his former exploits.
On June 6, 2011 Aaron Laxton received the news that he was HIV positive and in that split moment he knew what had to be done. Prior to his diagnosis Aaron was already well-respected as a public speaker, advocate and activist in Washington, DC and Nationally. Up to this point however, most of his efforts had been focused on foster care and youth advocacy. In this singular moment he knew that he would now devote his efforts to the topic HIV/AIDS and as so many before him become a champion of the cause. Daily thousands log on to Aaron’s YouTube channel, “My HIV Journey” to watch as he lives his live with HIV on video. Aaron holds a degree in sociology and psychology and is it he process of pursuing a Masters of Social Work.
S. Anthony is your atypical theatre gay trying to live in love in the concrete jungle that is New York City. Frustrated with being single, thirty-something and having more and more rejections only due to the fact that he is HIV positive, he started a blog journaling his absurd dating adventures. This blog can now be read on Positivelite.com.
Obsessed with all things that entertain, S. Anthony can talk your ear off in all matters concerning TV, movies, dances, music, theatre, musical theatre and the occasional Mexican sex show. Well, you never know where the next great idea will come from!