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December 13th, 2012

The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me

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Don Lemon, who remembered our first visit and never mentioned the circumstances, who knew this interview meant growth for me, a sort of redemption perhaps, and who even knew a little about overcoming shame himself, reached out in a simple gesture of support.

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October 22nd, 2012

The Truth is Bad Enough: What Became of the Happy Hustler?

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Kearns’ story includes a bizarre intersection between us that I found so revelatory and disturbing that I had to actually put the book down for several days while I reexamined an entire section of my life.

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September 28th, 2012

My Muscles, My Disease: A Snapshot of Drug Addiction

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Getting back in shape is an easy call. Except my mind puts physical fitness on the same crazy train as my drug addiction.

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July 31st, 2012

AIDS2012: The ‘My Fabulous Disease’ Video Collection

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All of the six video blogs produced by “My Fabulous Disease” during AIDS2012 (the international AIDS conference) in Washington, DC, July 21-27, 2012.

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June 8th, 2012

The Crystal Meth Connection of the Gay Porn Killer

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“… the sheer madness of the crimes, and the killer’s insane determination to make it as shocking as possible, was sickeningly familiar to a recovering methamphetamine addict like me.”

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March 15th, 2012

Dealing with Shame can be a Drag

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“We’re born naked… and the rest is drag.” — RuPaulWhen I was nine years old, I took my parents’ album of the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” and memorized every syllable of Gwen Verdon’s show stopper, […]

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February 23rd, 2012

Grave Hep C News… and oh yeah, the Oscars!

The image in my mind has never left me, even after many years of trying, of applying layers of wallpaper to that corner of my mind. I am in someone’s bedroom — it could have […]

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November 29th, 2011

The Long Road Home from Relapse

Florida highways have lovely rest stops. You would expect that from the Turnpike, where toll booths charge a premium every so often, but the manicured picnic areas continue even as you drive further north and […]

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November 3rd, 2011

Divorce, Stress, HIV… and no jokes.

This is a rather personal blog video, there’s no doubt about that. I’m even a little apprehensive because it doesn’t offer the usual helpful tips or the “entertainment value” of my other videos. But one […]

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October 12th, 2011

Playing the Last Scene of a Marriage

“I’m not in love with you anymore.” He said this at the dinner table as he made the first cut of his steak, a beautiful ribeye he had grilled to perfection. I put down my […]

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