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02 1, 2018

Hooray! HIV Stigma Is Over, Says Producer of Versace Series

By | February 1st, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Oh, to be a Hollywood producer. High-powered meetings and mimosas. Swimming pools. Movie stars. And as far as the eye can see, not a single person living with HIV experiencing stigma. That’s the candy-colored scenario presented by Brad Simpson, one of the executive producers of the FX series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni [...]

01 24, 2018

Racquetball as an Exercise in Humility

By | January 24th, 2018|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Jon, left, celebrates another victory. My friend Jon is a gracious winner, as well he should be. He has had a lot of practice. During the months we have been playing racquetball together, I have never won a game. Not one. I hate Jon so much. I like to play games I can [...]

01 22, 2018

Why Are We Still Haunted by The Boys in the Band?

By | January 22nd, 2018|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The cast of the original stage production and film version of The Boys in the Band. When I was 15 years old in the mid-1970s, I couldn't wait to attend a local community theater production of The Boys in the Band. I was intrigued by the play's dark and mysterious reputation, and had [...]

12 7, 2017

amfAR Chair Kenneth Cole Must Be Replaced. Here’s Five Suggestions.

By | December 7th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Javier Muñoz, Roberta Kaplan, Waheedah Shabazz-El, Nelson Vergel, and David Furnish would all make excellent replacements for disgraced AmFAR Board Chair Kenneth Cole. The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has been rocked by a scandal this year that involves shoe fashion maven Kenneth Cole, who serves as amfAR Board Chair, and amfAR [...]

11 27, 2017

The World AIDS Day Anthem We Really Need Has Just Arrived

By | November 27th, 2017|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The cast of Merce, the web series. Most people would walk away if the future seemed unclear and shut you out because they’re afraid. But I’m not. I’m right here. That’s what my love is for. My love will be your cure. -- “Your Cure,” an original song from season two of Merce [...]

11 20, 2017

Antron Reshaud Olukayode Died of AIDS. We Must Say It.

By | November 20th, 2017|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Antron Reshaud Olukayode (photo: Rick Gore) This world lost a remarkable young man on November 12th, when Antron-Reshaud Olukayode, a 33-year-old HIV educator, writer, and performance artist from Atlanta died of AIDS. Antron lived with HIV for fifteen years. He died of AIDS. It is enormously important that we say that. His many [...]

11 8, 2017

Punishing Disease: Turning People with HIV into Criminals

By | November 8th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Sociologist Trevor Hoppe is a gay man with his finger on the pulse of gay sexual politics, a topic he has written about for years. He's also an over-achiever, defined as someone who is more productive than me. In his latest book, Punishing Disease, Hoppe tackles HIV criminalization, one of the most polarizing issues in [...]

11 6, 2017

‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ is the Sexiest Damn Film of 2017. Period.

By | November 6th, 2017|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

A still from the trailer of "BPM (Beats Per Minute)" “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be in your revolution.”  Feminist Emma Goldman (1869-1940) (Mild spoilers ahead.) In the new film BPM (Beats per Minute), set in Paris in the early 1990’s, ACT UP activists invade a high school to do [...]

11 3, 2017

The Man Who Buried Them Remembers

By | November 3rd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

  Tom Bonderenko in the offices of Moveable Feast in Baltimore When he conducted the funerals, Tom Bonderenko tells me, he always wore his priestly garments and white stole. Even when no one showed up for the graveside service. “It was important to show dignity and respect,” Tom says. He taps the coffee [...]

11 2, 2017

Did Dan Savage Just Throw People with HIV Under the Bus?

By | November 2nd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Dan Savage (Maarten de Boer / Getty Images) Gay advocate and sex advice columnist Dan Savage secured himself a seat in the gay promised land with his “It Gets Better” campaign and accompanying book. And I don’t say that because my gay brother and I are in it. It is frustrating, then, that [...]

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