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Karen Iris Tucker
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Freelance writer and reporter. My regular beats include health, entertainment and cultural politics.
Freelance writer and reporter. My regular beats include health, entertainment and cultural politics.

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The rise of science denialism in the U.S. is threatening our environment and our #health. @DrPaulOffit breaks it down in his new book and shares how scientists can save us. My story @washingtonpost
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My review of a new biography on #HarveyMilk by #LillianFaderman. In it, she explores how Milk's #Jewish identity fueled his social activism and desire to change the world for #LGBTQ people and all disenfranchised and in the underclass.
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"Those potentially most affected as the system starts to fray are among the country’s most marginalized." My story on the Trump Administration's #HIV/AIDS #healthcare policies for Slate.
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I spoke with @ArmisteadMaupin about his lovely new memoir, love, sex and politics in the Trump era, and a forthcoming Tales of the City series on Netflix.
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“She was denied promotion and eventually fired after somebody saw her kiss her girlfriend in the parking lot. We argued that that’s a kind of sex discrimination,” says Rachel Tiven, who called Hively “the highest-level case of its kind.” In our troubled times, gratified to share my story on the important work of +Lambda Legal.
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My article on how people living with #HIV and #AIDS could be impacted by the Senate's pending #healthcarebill, which threatens to gut Medicaid. A health expert I interviewed call the bill "devastating."
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My article for +Slate on how the dramatic cuts to Medicaid in the pending #TrumpCare bill will affect the landscape. An expert I interviewed called it "devastating."
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I wrote about the brilliant #PauliMurray, civil rights pioneer, feminist and priest who was the first black person to earn a J.S.D. from Yale Law School. A fascinating new biography sheds light on her life and gender identity.
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Jake Glaser admits he’s been stung by stigma. He recalls one sunny day he and friends were filming fellow skateboarders in Venice Beach, California. Someone in the pack, who didn’t know Glaser, suddenly became standoffish toward him. “He looked at me and said, ‘I don’t want to film with you anymore because I’ve just learned you have #HIV.’”

My long-form feature for @POZmagazine.
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In our turbulent times it was fitting to interview Cleve Jones, firebrand #LGBTQ and AIDS activist emanating from San Francisco's gay liberation movement in the '70s. Ahead of +WorldAIDS Day, Dec. 1, Jones and I discussed his new memoir, as well as the current resistance against President-elect Trump.
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