Victoria Noe

Award-winning Author, Speaker, Activist

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Media tools for Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community.

Interviews, Essays and Features

"AFC's Summer Reading List: 10 Must-Reads on the HIV Epidemic",, June 17, 2024

"Author Victoria Noe Discusses Navigating Grief and Boundaries during the COVID-19 Pandemic",, Dec. 15, 2023

"Stories from the Edge of a Pandemic", A&U Magazine, July, 2022

"Looking Back, Looking Forward", A&U Magazine, Dec. 1, 2021

"AIDS@40" - A&U Magazine, June 5 2021

"What is the Inner Life of Jill Baxter on 'It's A Sin'?",, March 10, 2021

"Author VIctoria Noe's Book on Straight Women in the AIDS Community Finds a Voice",, Nov. 13, 2020

"What Does World AIDS Day Mean to You?" A&U Magazine, Dec. 1, 2019

“These Women Are Forgotten HIV Warriors”HIVPlus Magazine, July 10, 2019

“Victoria Noe: Cover Story”A&U Magazine, July, 2019

“Books for Pride”POZ Magazine, June, 2019

“A New Book Applauds the Straight Women of HIV History (Finally, right?)” , My Fabulous Disease, April 29, 2019

“A New Book Honors the Straight Women Who Fought Alongside Queers Against AIDS”,, April 26, 2019

“Taking the Hill”Positively Aware, May/June, 2016

“Long-Term Survivor”, 2015 Christopher Hewitt Award for Nonfiction, A&U Magazine,October, 2015

“Why I ACT UP”Huffington Post, June 22, 2015

“Bridging the AIDS Generation Gap”, Huffington Post, Nov. 26, 2014

“What We Owe Longtime Survivors”, Windy City Times, Oct. 1, 2014

“One Author’s Journey to Serialized Self-Publication”, Write Nonfiction Now, June 11, 2014

“Gutsiness is a Choice”,, Feb. 17, 2014

“’You’ll Never Get a Date Now’: On Being Straight in the AIDS Community”, Huffington Post, Dec. 5, 2013

“My Moment of Truth as an Writer”, Choices, Aug. 28, 2013

“Welcome to the Death Café”, Chicago Tribune, Aug. 4, 2013

“Self-Publishing Insights”, DIYMFA, May 23, 2013

“Men Grieving Their Friends”, The Good Men Project, April 28, 2012

“5 Easy Steps: How to Survive a Mixed Marriage During Baseball Season”, Chicago Tribune, Aug. 18, 2011

“Forming Community: AIDS@30”, Windy City Times, Apr. 27, 2011

Book Reviews by Victoria Noe:


"Friend Grief" - Let's Talk about Grief with Tony Lynch, January 11, 2024

"Friend Grief with Victoria Noe" -  As I Live and Grieve, Ep. 126, April 11, 2023

"Loss of Friends" - Unplug Ministries with Deborah Dee Bird, April 17, 2022

"Victoria Noe on How F*g Hags, Divas and Moms Change the AIDS Epidemic" - Tub Talk with Damon L. Jacobs, March 2, 2022

"Spotlight: Victoria Noe" - World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, January 19, 2022

"Write More Light Interview", Midwest Writers Center, June 3, 2021

"This is My Second Pandemic", Fatigued Podcast, May 11, 2021

"Women Letting Their Light Shine", The Boomer Beat with Bev Mahone, March 25, 2021

“Victoria Noe: AIDS Fundraiser and ACT-UP NY Member”, The Dorothy Project, March 4, 2021

"It's A Sin: The Women Who Helped the World Survive the AIDS Crisis", Feast of Fun, March 1, 2021

“Inspirational Indie Authors: Victoria Noe’s Work with AIDS Patients Prepared Her to Pen ‘Friend Grief’ Books on Dealing With Loss”, Interview with Howard Lovy, Alliance of Independent Authors, Oct. 20, 2019

“The Wonder Women of AIDS”, Feast of Fun, March 27, 2019


"Chicago Women Writing about HIV/AIDS", Lumpen Radio (recorded at Buddy Shop, Chicago Cultural Center), July 23, 2022

“After Hours with Rick Kogan”, WGN Radio, Feb. 24, 2014