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Jack Mackenroth

AIDS Activist, Project Runway Competitor, Fashion Designer & Model

Jack Mackenroth rose to fame as a designer on the hit reality show, Project Runway. Since that time he has used his visibility to draw attention and awareness to HIV issues. After being diagnosed as HIV positive in 1989, Mackenroth has worked tirelessly to combat the stigma associated with HIV by living openly and being…

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Jack Mackenroth rose to fame as a designer on the hit reality show, Project Runway. Since that time he has used his visibility to draw attention and awareness to HIV issues. After being diagnosed as HIV positive in 1989, Mackenroth has worked tirelessly to combat the stigma associated with HIV by living openly and being a role model through his professional and athletic endeavors.

He is also known as a social media powerhouse. Most recently he created the viral social media campaign “The HIV Shower Selfie Challenge” which achieved over 25 million impressions in one week with the hashtag #weareALLclean. The campaign was translated into over 6 languages, covered in over 100 media outlets and is relaunching in 2015.

Jack is also the creator of the national anti-stigma campaign HIV Equal (HIVequal.org) He is currently the media strategist at Housing Works – a nonprofit in New York, which fights the duel crisis of homelessness and HIV/AIDS. He was previously the national spokesperson for the HIV education campaign “Living Positive by Design” for 4 years. He has traveled the world speaking at AIDS conferences, pride events, galas and fundraisers.

Outside of his activism, Jack Mackenroth is a fashion designer, model, and All-American swimmer. He worked at Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s and Weatherproof Activewear, and appeared on the fourth season of Project Runway. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a double degree in fine arts and sociology, he also attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City.

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Living Positive: My Life with HIV:
Activist Jack Mackenroth discusses his personal journey living with HIV since 1989. He presents the reality of HIV infection in a context that everyone can understand: fear, loneliness and isolation and changes opinions by explaining why there is reasons for hope and optimism. Jack highlights risk, the importance of protection and many of the exciting new medical advances that are changing the epidemic. He also elaborates on what it was like to disclose his positive HIV status on national TV during his participation on Project Runway.

The Closet Monologue: Coming Out and Embracing your Sexual Orientation
Jack Mackenroth addresses many of the challenges and responsibilities facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth. His lecture deals with how societal shame can transform into internalized self-hatred, which then causes risky behaviors. Program discussions also include disclosure issues and what it really means to be “in the closet” or “out.”  He also openly talks about the different types of bullying in our teen LGBT communities and offers solutions on how “IT GETS BETTER.”

Do I Look Fat in This? Eating Disorders, Body Image, and You
Bulimic for three years in college, Jack Mackenroth shares his story and how he replaced starvation with bodybuilding in order to manage his body dysmorphic feelings in a healthier way. Learn how to find inner peace and address self-destructive behavior.

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