Juan Michael

Juan Michael Porter II is a health journalist, HIV advocate, culture critic, and educator. He is currently the senior editor of TheBody.com and TheBodyPro―making him the first person openly living with HIV to hold the position―and the co-host of The Future of HIV Care podcast. 

Juan Michael has written for PBS, SF ChroniclePhiladelphia Inquirer, Christian Science MonitorNY Observer, TDF StagesPlaybill, American TheatreTime Out NY, Queerty, Anti-Racism Daily, Positively Aware, Documentary Magazine, SYFY Wire, Scholastic, and Dance Magazine. 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.

Notably, he is the first Black man in history to serve as a Drama Desk Award nominator, a Dorian Award voter, and a proud alumnus of the National Critics Institute and Poynter’s Power of Diverse Voices workshop.

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.

Beyond the career highlights, the most important thing to know about Juan Michael is that he hates being cold, is a life-long traveler, and can usually be found jumping like a gazelle.