Michael Johnson, a former college wrestler imprisoned for nearly six years for the alleged failure to disclose his HIV status before sex, left prison on parole on July 9, 2019. Johnson’s trial and conviction showcased the profound unfairness of HIV criminal laws in Missouri and across the country. CHLP filed an amicus brief in support of his appeal to the Missouri Court of Appeals.
A grassroots action--a people’s political march with no corporate floats and no police involvement--to highlight the social and political battles that continue to be fought and to shine a light on the most marginalized members of the queer community.
On May 3, CHLP Staff Attorney Jada Hicks participated in an HIV criminalization panel discussion as part of the educational programming for GK Callahan’s exhibit, Mapping Stigma: An Archive of the Contracting An Issue Project, at Leedy-Volkous Art Center.