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07 26, 2016

AIDS2016: The Full Video Collection from My Fabulous Disease

By | July 26th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

With my trusty videographer (right), Australian HIV advocate Theo Tsipiras. The people, the parties, the protests! AIDS2016, the international AIDS conference held in Durban, South Africa from July 16-22, had it all. And it was my privilege to bring you the stunning sights and sounds of the gathering, sponsored by The Global Forum [...]

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, [...]

07 7, 2016

Gay Collective: “The Virus Divides. It Doesn’t Have To.”

By | July 7th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The Viral Divide Flash Collective: Mark S. King, Bryson Rose, Damon L. Jacobs, Charles Sanchez, Frederick Weston, Bruce Ward, James Krellenstein, Alex Wilson, Durell Knights, Jordan Eagles, Leo Herrera, Avram Finkelstein, and Jawanza James Williams. In a cramped meeting room in New York City on May 27, 2016, a dozen gay men, HIV [...]

06 15, 2016

My Muscles, My Disease: The Pitfalls of a Meth Addict

By | June 15th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

There is a folder, tucked within a folder, buried deep in my computer files. I shouldn't be looking at its contents, yet I can't bring myself to delete it altogether. It is labeled MARCUS, and inside the folder is my disease. During my years of crystal meth addiction I went by the name of Marcus, [...]

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 7, 2016

There’s More Room in a Broken Heart

By | June 7th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|2 Comments

Will Armstrong (here, in a 2015 photo) acknowledges his losses but has never been happier. So don’t mind if I fall apart There’s more room in a broken heart. -- Carly Simon, “Coming Around Again”When Will Armstrong emerges from heart surgery in just a few days, he will have weeks of hospitalization ahead. [...]

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,” [...]

05 22, 2016

The Nearly Naked AIDS Advocate

By | May 22nd, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

Josh Green and cast, from Broadway Bares 2015 (credit: Benjamin Ryan) When Benjamin “Ben” Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time – ancient for a beginning dancer – and by his own admission, was [...]

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, [...]

04 27, 2016

The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

By | April 27th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|2 Comments

The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or [...]

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