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03 20, 2015

The Night Miss America Met the Biggest Star in the World

By | March 20th, 2015|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|8 Comments

It wasn’t easy keeping my composure when I interviewed for my first job for an AIDS agency in 1987. Sitting across from me was Daniel P. Warner, the founder of the first AIDS organization in Los Angeles, LA Shanti. Daniel was achingly beautiful. He had brown eyes as big as serving platters and muscles that [...]

02 23, 2015

The First Man Cured of HIV to Join the HIV Cruise Retreat

By | February 23rd, 2015|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The annual HIV Cruise Retreat, commonly referred to as “The Poz Cruise,” will set sail this November 8-15 aboard the Ruby Princess, departing Los Angeles and cruising the Mexican Riviera cities of Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. This year, though, there will be a somewhat ironic special guest on board: Timothy Ray Brown, [...]

02 17, 2015

Probing My Anal Phobia

By | February 17th, 2015|Family and Friends, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

My fear of all things anal began when I was an early teen. My older brother David took great delight in bursting into our bathroom to startle me, especially if I was on the john. And, since I was a pubescent redhead, his sudden visits included a lot of laughing and pointing. I was mortified [...]

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 [...]

01 23, 2015

About That GLAAD Media Award Nomination

By | January 23rd, 2015|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|7 Comments

  For twenty-five years I have been writing about living openly as a gay man living with HIV. Along the way I have spilled secrets, opened up about sex and relationships, highlighted the work of those who inspire me, come clean about my history of addiction and recovery, focused my video camera on international conferences [...]

12 12, 2014

The My Fabulous Disease Holiday Spectacular!

By | December 12th, 2014|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|3 Comments

(I can't resist posting this each Holiday Season. The video below is my very favorite, of the more than 60 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 [...]

11 28, 2014

Once, When We Were Heroes

By | November 28th, 2014|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|4 Comments

My brother Richard smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and begged his dying lover not to swallow it. A time when Richard held the concoction they had prepared together and wept. Emil couldn't wait. He took the [...]

10 16, 2014

Carlton’s risky denial of hustlers, sex, and HIV.

By | October 16th, 2014|Family and Friends, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease|1 Comment

My friend Carlton is a chain smoker, even if all his cigarettes are imaginary. His standard pose consists of one hand resting on his hip -- elbow jutting out as if in the midst of a runway strut -- while the other arm is forever in motion, his hand swiveling constantly around his face and [...]

07 29, 2014

AIDS2014: The Complete Video Blog Collection

By | July 29th, 2014|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|2 Comments

The AIDS2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, proved to be as colorful and exhausting as I had anticipated. There was no lack of images in the gorgeous city to share in my daily video blogs, and that included the faces of countless advocates from around the world. My deep thanks to my friends at [...]

05 22, 2014

The Battle for the Soul of AIDS

By | May 22nd, 2014|Family and Friends, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|2 Comments

I used to get saved at the drop of a hat. I loved the pageantry of church youth revivals, the thrill of coming forward to give my life to Christ, and that tingly feeling of being part of something greater than myself, of feeling truly blessed. Of being forgiven. The "forgiven" part meant a lot [...]

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