Juan Michael

Juan Michael Porter II is a health journalist, HIV advocate, culture critic, and Drama Desk Awards nominator. He has written for PBS American Masters, SF ChroniclePhiladelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, NY Observer, Playbill, American TheatreTime Out NY, Queerty, Positively Aware, Documentary Magazine, SYFY Wire, Scholastic, and Dance Magazine.

He is the senior editor of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO―making him the first person openly living with HIV to hold the postition―the co-host of The Future of HIV Care podcast, and a contributor to TDF Stages. Juan Michael is a proud fellow of the National Critics Institute at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Poynter’s Power of Diverse Voices workshop.

He has taught and lectured for Dance Theatre of Harlem, USC Annenberg, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, University of Texas at Austin, Kent State University, 92nd Street Y, College of Mount Saint Vincent, and the BIPOC Critic’s Lab. 

Prior to his career as a journalist, Juan Michael was a professional dancer; youth running coach and regional coordinator for the New York Road Runners Foundation; and a dance concert presenter with extensive production credits at Webster Hall.

Juan Michael hates being cold, is a life-long traveler, an avid hiker, and probably an otaku.