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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 [...]

05 9, 2015

What It Feels Like for a Mom

By | May 9th, 2015|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

"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, with the great Vincent Price, was rated "R" and they were not letting me in without a parent. I was [...]

03 28, 2015

The Video Series: The Real Poz Guys of Atlanta

By | March 28th, 2015|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Why Andy Cohen isn’t badgering me with phone calls to bring this series to Bravo, I’ll never know. At any rate, you will find all three videos of the series below. During the first year of producing my blog videos back in early 2009, it occurred to me how much of my health and happiness [...]

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 [...]

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