Leandro Goddinho Nery Gomes
Since the 1980's the HIV virus, specifically affecting gay men, remains strongly stigmatized within the LGBTQ community. Leandro Goddinho Nery Gomes’ film Positive YouTubers follows four Brazilian HIV positive men who created YouTube channels to talk openly and positively about their status. They are digital activists spreading a new message about the experience of living with the virus. They attempt to show their followers that HIV is no longer a death sentence. Sharing their daily lives they have created a sense of community amongst themselves and online where people are encouraged to interact, learn and exchange their knowledge, worries, and doubts about a subject matter that remains taboo.