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03 24, 2014

Lessons Learned from Kissing a Straight Boy

By | 2014-05-21T12:56:44+00:00 March 24th, 2014|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

Last night I kissed a straight guy full on the lips. Then he tenderly put his arms around me and kissed me back. Tonight I'm going to do it again. It sounds like conquest. Or breaking a taboo. At the very least it fulfills the fantasies of many a gay man. And it makes me [...]

12 20, 2013

The My Fabulous Disease Holiday Spectacular!

By | 2014-05-21T13:10:18+00:00 December 20th, 2013|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

What says Holiday Spirit more than Mom's cookies, Santa, and candid interviews about loving a family member with HIV?

09 29, 2013

Two Minutes of Advice on Testing HIV Positive

By | 2017-08-17T09:51:46+00:00 September 29th, 2013|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|8 Comments

I had to create a video in my own peculiar way -- something that demonstrates the sense of humor that has served me well over the course of 30 years living with HIV.

08 7, 2013

Dealing with Shame can be a Drag

By | 2014-05-21T13:17:14+00:00 August 7th, 2013|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

I would hear other gay men make disparaging remarks about drag and I withered, unable to admit I was playing to a packed room every Sunday.

10 30, 2012

Is there Pride in being HIV Positive?

By | 2014-05-29T07:41:22+00:00 October 30th, 2012|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|20 Comments

During the 2012 Atlanta Pride parade and festival, Mark S. King takes in the sights with his usual humor and asks a simple question: if HIV is nothing to be ashamed of, is it something to be proud of?

05 21, 2012

Coming Out with Donna Summer

By | 2014-05-29T07:56:12+00:00 May 21st, 2012|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|23 Comments

The music my friends liked when I was a teenager intimidated me. It was the head-banging rock of the early seventies, and it felt alien and unappetizing. Most of all, it just felt… straight, in a way I knew I could never be. Alone in my room, I listened to my beloved Broadway musicals, and [...]

03 15, 2012

Dealing with Shame can be a Drag

By | 2016-08-07T08:56:49+00:00 March 15th, 2012|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|10 Comments

“We’re born naked… and the rest is drag.” -- RuPaulWhen I was nine years old, I took my parents’ album of the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” and memorized every syllable of Gwen Verdon’s show stopper, “Who’s Got the Pain When They Do the Mambo?” Once I was satisfied with my lip-synching and choreography (I decided [...]

12 13, 2011

The ‘My Fabulous Disease’ Holiday Spectacular!

By | 2011-12-13T10:10:54+00:00 December 13th, 2011|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|21 Comments

My mother's home here in Shreveport, Louisiana, was fraught with excitement last week. Christmas decorations littered the living room, the almond scent of cookies filled the air, and last minute phone calls and arrangements made it all feel like a major production was underway. And there was. The event that had everyone scrambling was held [...]

11 15, 2011

Sailing on the 2011 HIV Cruise Retreat

By | 2012-06-27T10:31:24+00:00 November 15th, 2011|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|12 Comments

It was my distinct privilege to serve as host and M.C. for a second time on The HIV Cruise Retreat, the labor of love by openly HIV positive travel agent Paul Stalbaum of Cruise Designs Travel. Paul has become the go-to man for gay travel groups " in addition to the HIV cruise he organizes [...]

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