Sean Strub is a writer and activist who today serves as mayor of Milford, Pennsylvania, and splits his time between Milford and New York.
A native Iowan and lifelong activist, Sean moved to New York in 1979, where he became immersed in the burgeoning LGBT movement at the time. When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 80s, he became active with the People With AIDS Coalition/New York, ACT UP/New York in the late 80s and early 90s, ran for the U.S. Congress in 1990 (the first openly HIV positive person to do so) and produced the off-Broadway hit, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me in 1992. After launching a newsletter written by people living with HIV for people living with HIV, he founded the groundbreaking POZ Magazine in 1994, followed by POZ en Espanol in 1995 and Real Health (an African-American health magazine) in 1996.
Over two decades in Milford, Sean has been central to a community-wide revitalization effort, including a large private/public streetscape improvement project, launching art and cultural festivals, publishing a micro-regional community magazine, political and ballot initiatives, and restoration of more than a dozen historic buildings. He helps produce an annual “Welcome Party” each year to facilitate the engagement of new residents, and seasonal residents, in community endeavors as well as raise funds for continued streetscape improvements.
In addition to his service as Milford’s mayor, Sean and his family operate the historic Hotel Fauchère/Relais & Châteaux in the center of Milford’s National Historic District. Sean serves as executive director of the Sero Project, a U.S.-based network of people living with HIV that trains and mobilizes people living with HIV to become activists within their communities. His short film, HIV is Not a Crime, introduced the problem of HIV criminalization to audiences worldwide and helped spark a global movement to end the practice. He is the author of Body Counts, A Memoir of Politics, AIDS, Sex and Survival (Scribner, 2014).
Sean and his partner of 27 years, Javier Morales, were married in February 2019.