Sean Strub: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Sean Strub

Founder of POZ Magazine, author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, and Executive Director of the Sero Project

Sean Strub is an author, activist and 30+ year HIV survivor. He is the author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival (Scribner 2014) and is a leader in the self-empowerment movement for people with HIV.
He is the founder of POZ Magazine and served as its publisher and executive editor from 1994 to 2004. He is the executive director of the Sero Project, a network of people with HIV combating HIV-related criminalization, and treasurer of the U.S. Caucus of PWHA Organizations. He served on the board of directors of the Global Network of People living with HIV/AIDS ( from 2009 to 2013 and as co-chair of its North American affiliate from 2011 to 2012.

He frequently speaks about the HIV/AIDS epidemic—particularly concerning self-empowerment, stigma and criminalization—LGBT movement history and HIV and LGBT-related corporate social responsibility issues at national and international conferences on the HIV epidemic, LGBT community and Pride events, college campuses and as part of corporate diversity programs.

Strub was active with the People With AIDS Coalition/New York in the mid 80s, co-chaired the fundraising committee for ACT UP/New York in the late 80s and in 1990 became the first openly HIV positive person to run for the U.S. Congress. In 2010, he co-founded the Positive Justice Project and produced the short documentary film, “HIV is Not a Crime,” about HIV criminalization in the U.S.

He has also been active in environmental protection, historic preservation and community redevelopment efforts in rural Pike County, Pennsylvania, since the late 1990s. He helped launch cultural festivals, pass an open space preservation bond and in 2007, produced “Nature’s Keepers” a documentary film about the conservation and land stewardship history of the region.

Strub co-authored, with Steven D. Lydenberg and Alice Tepper Marlin, Rating America’s Corporate Conscience, (Addison-Wesley, 1987) and, with Dan Baker and Bill Henning, Cracking The Corporate Closet, (HarperBusiness, 1995).

He has received numerous awards and honors from AIDS organizations, community and professional groups, including the 1995 AIDS Action Foundation’s National Leadership Award, the 1996 Cielo Latino Companero award from the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Spirit of Hope award from Being Alive in 1997 and the Life Award from the National Association of People With AIDS in 1999, the VaVa Voom award from Visual AIDS and the Positive Changemaker award from the AIDS Service Center of New York, both in 2012.

A native Iowan, Strub attended Georgetown and Columbia Universities. He and his partner, Javier Morales, live in Milford, Pennsylvania and New York City.

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  • Prevention vs. Prosecution, aka HIV is Not a Crime
  • How AIDS Activism Changed Healthcare
  • The History of the PWHA Self-Empowerment Movement and the Denver Principles

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