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07 18, 2016

Follow My Blogs from AIDS2016 in Durban South Africa!

By | July 18th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

Me and my camera man Theo Tsipiras, an HIV advocate living in Melbourne. (UPDATE: See all of my video blogs from AIDS2016 right here.) Conference coverage might just be the most enjoyable aspect of blogging for me. There’s nothing like capturing a protest breaking out, or the emotions of advocates from struggling countries, [...]

06 13, 2016

My Response to Orlando in One Sublime Performance

By | June 13th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

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 of the injured and there is often someone in tears. It makes me wince with emotion, and twice this morning [...]

06 5, 2016

Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor

By | June 5th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

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 reserved for tales of mortality. Her friend looks up from his phone. “He was a good friend of my brother,” [...]

04 4, 2016

Packing Up The Man Who Wasn’t There

By | April 4th, 2016|Family and Friends, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|2 Comments

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 long enough to feel a little better,” he told me at the time. It was a common trajectory in those [...]

03 17, 2016

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

By | March 17th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

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 first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain – shame, disclosure, sex and drugs – and [...]

03 8, 2016

I Discovered My Brother Was Gay from The Advocate Magazine

By | March 8th, 2016|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

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 the page my companion had selected. I was staring at the photo with something like revelation. “I wasn’t sure if [...]

12 9, 2015

The My Fabulous Disease Holiday Spectacular!

By | December 9th, 2015|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

(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 fraught with excitement last week. Christmas decorations littered the living room, the almond scent of cookies filled the air, and [...]

09 15, 2015

VIDEO: The 2015 United States Conference on AIDS

By | September 15th, 2015|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|6 Comments

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 at me while I talk to these people?” I must have said that sentence at least 40 times during the [...]

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 [...]

05 25, 2015

The Odds of Love

By | May 25th, 2015|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|6 Comments

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 a mixer at Cobalt, a gay club in Washington, DC. The international AIDS conference was being held in town and [...]

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