About Me

Amahl S. Azwar

Amahl S. Azwar sempat bekerja sebagai jurnalis di Jakarta, Indonesia. Tulisan-tulisan lepasnya dapat dibaca di beberapa publikasi seperti Vice, Magdalene, dan The Fix. Dia kini tinggal di Chiang Mai, Thailand bersama partnernya selama 6 tahun belakangan.

Pada 2014, Amahl memutuskan untuk membagi kisahnya sebagai pria gay yang hidup dengan HIV dengan tujuan untuk memberikan ruang harapan bagi teman-teman yang membutuhkan percikan kembang api demi menyalakan semangat mereka. Selain melalui tulisan-tulisannya, Amahl juga beberapa kali menyanggupi permintaan wawancara dari publikasi seperti Southeast Asia Globe, BBC Indonesia, dan The Jakarta Post.

Menjadi Positif merupakan panggung yang Amahl buat untuk meneruskan kisah-kisahnya sebagai pria gay dengan HIV. Selain kisahnya sendiri, Amahl juga berniat untuk mewawancarai mereka yang hidup dengan HIV dan AIDS dari seluruh penjuru dunia. Ruang untuk membaca kisah demi kisah dari penyintas-penyintas ini diharapkan dapat menginspirasi teman-teman sekalian.

 

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Amahl S. Azwar, whose writings have been published in Vice, Magdalene, and The Fix, began his journalism career in Jakarta, Indonesia. He now lives in Thailand.

In 2014, Amahl decided to share his personal life story as a Muslim and gay man living with HIV, at first with the modest aim of providing a space for hope, discussion, and connection for the many friendships and connections he’d made with so many interesting people who, like him, had felt under threat as a gay-identified person. He would later found himself being interviewed for several news outlets including Southeast Asia Globe, BBC Indonesia, and The Jakarta Post, sharing his experience, strength, and hope.

“Being Positive” is a platform that Amahl created and launched, both to further his artistic expression and to bring the stories of gay men throughout Asia who are living with HIV, and later to research the particular and situation for transgender women living in parts of Asia where, as he has witnessed personally, fall prey to humiliation and exploitation. He also continues to seek interviews with HIV/AIDS survivors all across the world, for publication especially in Asia.