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June 13th, 2016

My Response to Orlando in One Sublime Performance

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I can’t watch the news anymore right now. I have it muted, but will admit to glancing in its direction every few minutes. On the screen there are police cars and flashing lights and footage […]

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June 5th, 2016

Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor

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The young woman sitting across from me on the bus is in her mid-20s. She turns to her companion and her voice grows serious. “I know someone who died,” she says in the hushed tone […]

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April 4th, 2016

Packing Up The Man Who Wasn’t There

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When the health of my close friend Ron began to rapidly decline in 1987, he made the decision to leave Los Angeles to return home to rural New York to be near his family. “Just […]

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March 17th, 2016

The Challenging Web Series That Travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

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In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran’s journey in the six-episode […]

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March 8th, 2016

I Discovered My Brother Was Gay from The Advocate Magazine

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It was 1975 and I was 14 years old, all gangly limbs and stubborn acne, and I was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car.  Splayed across my lap was the magazine, open to […]

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December 9th, 2015

The My Fabulous Disease Holiday Spectacular!

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(I can’t resist posting this each Holiday Season. The video below is my very favorite, of the more than 70 I have produced over the years. Enjoy!) My mother’s home here in Shreveport, Louisiana, was […]

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September 15th, 2015

VIDEO: The 2015 United States Conference on AIDS

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Not to get all southern gothic on you, but I depend upon the kindness of strangers. Especially when producing video blogs at conferences. “Excuse me, would you please just hold this camera and point it […]

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July 7th, 2015

The Relentless Affections of Amy Ferris

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“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 […]

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May 25th, 2015

The Odds of Love

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This post will never be as romantic as I would like it to be. And it could never be as romantic as the truth. On the evening of July 22, 2012, Michael Mitchell went to […]

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May 9th, 2015

What It Feels Like for a Mom

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“A boy’s best friend is his mother.” — Norman Bates, Psycho I was standing at the ticket counter of the movie theater and couldn’t believe my ears. They were telling me that Theater of Blood, […]

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