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Anita Mann and Acting Gigs

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 [...]

09 9, 2011

Those Doggone Days of Summer

By | 2011-09-09T22:26:24+00:00 September 9th, 2011|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|8 Comments

July and August were almost frantically productive for me, and I've followed it by the longest period of, well, nothing, since I began producing this blog. Sorry. Sometimes an HIV guy just needs to lay around and catch up on Top Chef and Real Housewives (God bless you, Bravo). Hopefully you caught my most recent [...]

03 8, 2011

A Very Special One-Year Anniversary Posting!

By | 2011-03-08T15:05:12+00:00 March 8th, 2011|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|14 Comments

When Mark first started My Fabulous Disease, I was pretty sure it was going to directly result in the destruction of humanity.  One year later, we're all still here. I can't believe I lost that bet. Myles Helfand, Editor, The Body, The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource My father always said, "Raise your hand. Ask the stupid [...]

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