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06 2, 2017

The True Love Story Behind Larry Kramer’s Novel ‘Faggots’

By | June 2nd, 2017|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Larry Kramer, Kelsey Louie of GMHC, Mark S. King, and Larry's husband, David Webster. (Photo: Nathan Perkel) The new POZ Magazine feature article, “Finding Larry Kramer,” tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the iconic activist found his way back to GMHC nearly thirty years after the organization kicked him out for being such a pain [...]

01 25, 2017

Examining Death, Including the One I Caused

By | January 25th, 2017|Book Review, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Chris Glaser, author of The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave of AIDS in the 1980's, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would [...]

11 28, 2016

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

By | November 28th, 2016|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows [...]

05 12, 2016

Into the Desert, After the Bomb

By | May 12th, 2016|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|2 Comments

Daniel Cardone’s essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles. The film begins with lingering shots of each of the subjects as they begin their day.  It follows them through their routine, some of them naked, as they prepare breakfast, shower, [...]

09 30, 2015

Recovering from Meth, Rebuilding a Sex Life

By | September 30th, 2015|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|5 Comments

For more than a decade I was an active crystal meth addict. They were the darkest years of my life. I suffered numerous relapses as I struggled to get clean, and my woeful journey back to crystal meth was always the same. First, small changes crept into my behavior; not about crystal meth precisely, but [...]

07 7, 2015

The Relentless Affections of Amy Ferris

By | July 7th, 2015|Book Review, Family and Friends, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

“We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” -- Marianne Williamson The first time I met Amy Ferris, several years ago, she cupped my jawline in her hands and gave me a kiss full on the lips. There were none of the usual [...]

04 20, 2015

IT’S NOT OVER: Signorile Rejects “Victory Blindness”

By | April 20th, 2015|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|3 Comments

On October 1, 1991, I joined furious LGBT protestors who took to the streets of West Hollywood, California. The newly elected Governor Pete Wilson, who had met with advocates during his campaign and assured them he would support AB101, a state-wide LGBT anti-discrimination statute, had just vetoed the bill. Thousands of us stalked the Governor at [...]

02 3, 2015

Our Transgender Teachable Moment

By | February 3rd, 2015|Book Review, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

The lobby of the Melbourne convention center at the international AIDS conference last July was packed with scientists, community educators, and activists. I was busy wrangling interviews for my daily video blogs. Across the room I spotted JoAnne Keatley and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, two of the most visible transgender women in the world and experts [...]

01 28, 2015

Sean Strub and the Legacy of AIDS

By | January 28th, 2015|Book Review, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|5 Comments

Before my interview with activist Sean Strub, author of Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, let me share a revealing story. It was late 2011 and my life was in shambles. The breakup of a long term relationship had sent me into a spiral, followed closely by a devastating drug addiction [...]

06 16, 2014

Sally Field, Rational Relating, and a Comedy of Life with HIV

By | June 16th, 2014|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Charles Sanchez skips a lot. It is a natural, vivacious skip, an outpouring of unabashed joy that melds the cheerfulness of The Sound of Music with the bliss of the Pharrell Williams "Happy" video. Nothing stands in the way of his delight. Not even life with HIV. It is that joyful vibrancy that makes Merce, [...]

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