|Born||Sean O'Brien Strub
1958 (age 55–56)
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
|Occupation||Writer, entrepreneur, activist and advocate|
Sean O'Brien Strub (born 1958) is a writer and activist who is the director of The Sero Project (www.theseroproject.com), a national network of people with HIV combating stigma and injustice. He founded POZ magazine and POZ en Español, (for people impacted by HIV/AIDS), Mamm (for women impacted by breast cancer), Real Health (an African American health magazine) and Milford Magazine (a regional title distributed in the Delaware River Highlands area of north-east Pennsylvania).
He is a long-term AIDS survivor  and has been an outspoken advocate for the self-empowerment movement for people with HIV/AIDS. In 2009 he was president of Cable Positive, the cable and telecommunications' industry's AIDS response. From 2010 to 2012 he served on the board of directors of the Amsterdam-based Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) and was co-chair of their North American regional affiliate. He has been a leader in combating HIV-related criminalization and in 2010 launched the Positive Justice Project with the Center for HIV Law & Policy.
In 1990, he ran for the House of Representatives to represent New York's 22nd congressional district. He was the first openly HIV+ candidate for federal office in the U.S. and received 46% of the Democratic primary vote. He was a long-time member of ACT UP New York. Strub produced an off-Broadway play, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, written by and starring David Drake, in 1992.
Strub co-authored Rating America's Corporate Conscience (Addison-Wesley, 1985), a guide to corporate social responsibility, with Steve Lydenberg and Alice Tepper Marlin and Cracking the Corporate Closet (HarperBusiness, 1995) with Daniel B. Baker and Bill Henning. His memoir, Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival (Scribner) was published in January 2014.
He is an inaugural member of the WikiQueer Global Advisory Board.
Strub was one of the first people on the scene of the murder of John Lennon in December 1980. Jeanne Downey, a TV reporter with Channel 2 - CBS interviewed Mr. Strub within an hour after Lennon had been killed. "Was there any kind of an exchange, do you know," Downey asked, "between Lennon and the suspect?" To that, Strub replied: "That's what the doorman said that there had been some sort of altercation or argument."
In 1981 Strub got playwright Tennessee Williams to sign the first fundraising letter for the Human Rights Campaign Fund, a then-newly formed political action committee which grew to become the largest organization in the U.S. advocating for LGBT equality. In 1989 Strub asked pop artist Keith Haring to create a logo and poster to launch National Coming Out Day, now also a part of the Human Rights Campaign. Strub was one of the AIDS activists who put a giant condom over then-US Senator Jesse Helms's suburban Washington home in 1991.
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