Jessica Whitbread

Jessica joined the Legal Network’s board of directors in 2014.

Jessica is an activist and artist who has been working in the HIV movement since shortly after her HIV diagnosis in 2002. She frequently works in the realm of social practice and community art, often merging art and activism to engage a diversity of audiences in critical dialogue. Her primary interests are the intersections of bodies, sexuality and desire, and how gender, serostatus and criminalization affect understandings and navigation of sexual relationships.

In 2012, Jessica was elected as the youngest Global Chair of the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), and in April 2014 she shifted roles to become the ICW Interim Global Director. She is the founder of the first International Chapter of Young Women, Adolescents and Girls living with HIV as well as a long-standing Steering Committee member for AIDS ACTION NOW!, a direct action group in Toronto. In 2014, Jessica published her first book, Tea Time: Mapping Informal Networks of Women Living with HIV, a photo collection of her Tea Time community arts practice.

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