Activist Spotlight: Jack Mackenroth

Jack Mackenroth rose to fame as a fashion designer on season 4 of the hit reality show, Project Runway. During the show he disclosed his HIV-positive status. Since that time he has used his visibility to draw attention and awareness to HIV issues. After being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1989, Mackenroth has worked tirelessly to combat the stigma associated with HIV by living openly and being a role model through his professional and athletic endeavors.

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Housing Works Launches Stunning, Edgy #PrEPHeroes Multimedia Campaign

Campaign Portrays Guys on PrEP as Heroes for Protecting Themselves and the Community Against HIV, Urges Others To Follow #PrEPHeroes Behind the Scenes Video By Adam Khan For an AMAZING Q & A with the models please visit www.PrEPHeroes.org ***Please don’t miss the call to action at the end and be a part of the campaign with your own #PrEPHeroes photo!!*** Housing Works Community Healthcare just launched a new multimedia campaign, drawing attention to the use of PrEP (Pre-­Exposure Prophylaxis) as… Read more

Q & A With Jack Mackenroth for HelloGorgeous Magazine: “Jack of All Trades”

THIS IS THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Find the original article in Dutch in Hello Gorgeous HERE. Jack Mackenroth (46) is nationally known in the US for taking part in the popular reality show Project Runway in 2007. In it he was very open about his HIV status. Since then he speaks openly about reducing HIV stigma . Hello Gorgeous spoke with him recently. HG: How would you describe yourself? Where are you from? Where do you live now? What do you do for a… Read more

Gone Viral: The HIV Shower Selfie Challenge Raises Awareness and Funds

Soapy, Sexy Shower Selfies With The Hashtag #weareALLclean Brings Attention to HIV Stigma 100 Percent Of Donations Benefitting HIV/AIDS Nonprofits Housing Works and amfAR   INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Take a selfie or short video of yourself in the shower or bath and/or DONATE! **NO EXPLICIT NUDITY** 2) Post your photo now on  all social media platforms with the caption “Take HIV Shower Selfie Challenge raise $$ for AIDS cure bit.ly/CUREAIDS #weareALLclean” 3) Nominate 3 or more other people to participate! 4) DONATE! Please consider a donation if… Read more

BRAKING AIDS®: Jack Mackenroth Raises $47,555 and Sets Individual Fundraising Record

#TheMackPack, a Breakout 19-Person Cycling Team Debuts,  Raises $128,700 For Housing Works   NEW YORK, NY (Sept 24, 2014)–Two months ago Jack Mackenroth, a well-known HIV activist and novice cyclist, committed to BRAKING AIDS® Ride, a 3-day 300 mile bike ride from Boston to New York to benefit Housing Works in NYC.  As a lifelong athlete Jack had faith that with the right training and equipment the ride would be extremely challenging but doable. The fundraising piece was a different… Read more

Get Involved–Help Yourself By Helping Others

Get Involved: Help Yourself By Helping Others Original article HERE. by Andrew  Clark EDGE Contributor Jack Mackenroth has used the celebrity that came with being the first openly HIV-positive contestant on TV’s “Project Runway” to help HIV service organizations and co-found two HIV-awareness campaigns. He attributes his activism to the inspiration of those came before him. “I know that I am only alive because of members of ACT-UP and other activists so I have to pay it forward,” he told… Read more

Jack on the Instinct Soapbox: HIV stigma needs to end now

VolttageBuzz co-founder Jack Mackenroth was asked to jump on the Instinct magazine Soapbox for their Health and Wellness Issue.

…HIV stigma needs to end now. The quiet judgment within the gay community is often passive but sly and cunning. For a community that has grown up feeling “less than,” we certainly have no trouble segregating within our ranks. So stigma needs to end. Yesterday.

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