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07 7, 2020

When Facing the COVID-19 Rampage, Blame the Fire Island Gays

By |2020-07-08T21:51:42-04:00July 7th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

The judgment of the social media gods, decreed Monday morning, was withering and furious: the buff gay men on the Fire Island beach over the holiday weekend were nothing less than suicide bombers. Virtuous gays everywhere watched the video posts of these gurls gone wild and gagged on their signature Hamilton cocktails. Long-term HIV survivors [...]

06 24, 2020

Mark S. King Named the 2020 ‘LGBTQ Journalist of the Year’

By |2020-06-24T14:59:56-04:00June 24th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Mark S. King, sporting isolation hair and wardrobe. “I’m just a guy with HIV and a keyboard,” I often say. It’s meant as a pithy remark, sure, but it also feels like I’m somehow diminishing my power, and I won’t do that right now. Today, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA) [...]

06 23, 2020

Film: Can a ‘Gay Leftie with AIDS’ Get Elected Mayor of a Rural Town?

By |2020-06-23T23:04:28-04:00June 23rd, 2020|Family and Friends, Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

Milford, Pennsylvania, is the kind of idyllic small town that Frank Capra romanticized in films like It’s a Wonderful Life. Nothing much rattles the citizens of this quiet country borough. They pay their taxes, vote conservatively, and don’t consider someone a native unless their roots can be traced back for several generations. If Milford is [...]

06 21, 2020

‘All Boys Aren’t Blue’ is the Audacious Memoir of a Black Queer Man

By |2020-06-21T18:41:02-04:00June 21st, 2020|Book Review, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

George M. Johnson, author of "All Boys Aren't Blue" (photo: Sean Howard) George M. Johnson could not have known about this moment in history when he wrote his memoir, All Boys Aren’t Blue, but for this white male reader, the sounds of courageous protestors in our streets were never far away. Johnson provides [...]

06 20, 2020

Shopping for Socks at the Mall with Larry Kramer

By |2020-06-20T08:08:59-04:00June 20th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

(This is a work of fan fiction, and Mr. Kramer loved it. See postscript below.) The mall was abuzz, with people darting in and out of stores, wrangling their kids and chatting on cell phones. I preferred it that way, because it kept Larry in a fairly calm state of quiet attention, ever vigilant as [...]

06 4, 2020

My Message for White HIV Long Term Survivors

By |2020-06-04T14:48:08-04:00June 4th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

There's isn't any way to discuss HIV Long Term Survivor Awareness Day (#HLTSAD) this year (Friday, June 5) without discussing racial disparities. For that matter, we should "lead with race," as NMAC's slogan goes, from this moment forward. I'm going to try better in that regard. I'll let me video message speak for itself. Here [...]

06 1, 2020

I Am Racist, and That’s a Good Place to Start

By |2020-06-01T17:27:48-04:00June 1st, 2020|Book Review, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Credit: Isaac Hale, Star Tribune There is a fact I have always wanted to argue. I thought I was different from those other white men. If you just had let me explain, just let me tell you about me, me, me, then you would surely see the real truth for yourself, proven by [...]

05 16, 2020

A Message for HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day

By |2020-05-16T22:47:10-04:00May 16th, 2020|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

To commemorate HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day in Nigeria on Monday, May 18, I recorded a brief video as part of an awareness project for the New Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society. My message was simple. Vaccines take time, factual science, and patience. I will never forget listening to HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler in 1984, right [...]

05 13, 2020

Drag Philosopher Anita Mann Sings of Rainbows and Recovery

By |2020-05-13T09:36:21-04:00May 13th, 2020|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

When a group of entertainers were creating an online fundraiser for the Triangle Club, a Washington, DC, facility providing meeting space for LGBTQ people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, I knew it was time for Anita Mann to emerge from the duffel bag in the back of my closet. The result is a [...]

05 8, 2020

The ‘Plandemic’ Video Fooled People. Deborah Birx is Still Trying.

By |2020-05-12T09:10:43-04:00May 8th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Drs. Judy Mikovitz and Deborah Birx Hucksters and charlatans know their cue: their traveling salvation shows typically arrive when we are at the nexus of public panic and willful ignorance. It should have come as no surprise, then, to find Dr. Judy Mikovitz' dusty wagon come creaking into sight this week with its [...]

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