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11 15, 2016

Sleeping with President Donald Trump

By | November 15th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|5 Comments

I am on my feet at the Thanksgiving table, and my fists are slamming into the linen napkins. Silverware is quaking, pottery is rattling. The force of a particularly hard blow to the tabletop sends a dinner roll catapulting from the bread basket. My screams are borrowed from post-election protest marches. They are deafening and [...]

11 11, 2016

Video: Aboard the 2016 HIV Cruise Retreat

By | November 11th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

The spirit of the annual HIV Cruise Retreat (also known as “the Poz Cruise” but not associated with POZ Magazine) can be summed up in one enlightening story. Matthew had some bad luck as he boarded the ship for our 8-day tour of the Caribbean. His luggage didn’t make it. He literally had his carry-on [...]

10 24, 2016

My Gay Love for Monster Movies

By | October 24th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

  My first boyhood crush was on a dead man. He was a zombie named Quentin Collins, with eyes that pierced my pubescent gay soul and sideburns the size of the Florida peninsula. He stalked across my TV screen on weekday afternoons at precisely 3:30, when the series “Dark Shadows” introduced me to all manner [...]

10 2, 2016

Revisiting My Sad and Trivial Night with Rock Hudson

By | October 2nd, 2016|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

(The 31st anniversary of the passing of Rock Hudson brings this memory back again, as it does each year. Maybe I want you to know this sordid tale because I'm still as star-struck and vain as when this happened. Or maybe the memory still brings back fear and melancholy, so repeating it here feels like [...]

09 27, 2016

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

By | September 27th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|4 Comments

The dance club depicted in the CDC music video for "Collect My Love" (full video below). Condoms, PrEP, and being HIV positive and undetectable all get screen time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping [...]

09 22, 2016

My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea, and Advocacy

By | September 22nd, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

Amidst the happy haze of good news about the efficacy of PrEP in preventing new HIV infections and the growing consensus that people living with HIV who are undetectable are not infectious, there is troubling news from the CDC in two new reports about the golden oldies of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s): rates of syphilis [...]

09 19, 2016

Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of ‘Charm Ball’ Over Protest Fears

By | September 19th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

Itta Englander, seen here stranded outside Chase Brexton's "Charm Ball." She was denied re-entry to the gala after spending a few minutes talking to protesters upset with the agency's leadership. When this blogger chose to join protesters at Chase Brexton’s annual “Charm Ball” to voice concern over the direction of Baltimore’s largest healthcare provider [...]

09 15, 2016

Catching Up with Chase Brexton’s ‘Fired Five’

By | September 15th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|1 Comment

The Chase Brexton "Fired Five" include (l-r) Jill Crank, Warren Conner, Catherine Fowler, Bethany Henderson, and Ken Ruby. The five managers who were abruptly fired last month without notice by Chase Brexton, Baltimore’s largest healthcare provider to the city’s most vulnerable populations, met for lunch earlier this week. It was the first in-person [...]

09 13, 2016

What It Feels Like for a Mom

By | September 13th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

(My mother passed away suddenly on January 13th. Her memorial, led by her six children, was moving and hilarious, which is exactly as she had hoped. I cannot properly describe how grateful I am for her willingness to be featured on my blog and to share her views.) I was standing at the ticket counter [...]

08 22, 2016

LEAKED: Five Point Internal Memo to Chase Brexton CEO!

By | August 22nd, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|3 Comments

Richard L. Larison, Chase Brexton CEO (photo: Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun) TO:         Richard Larison, CEO, Chase Brexton FROM:     Your Executive Assistant RE:         Five points about the recent unpleasantness Sir, I know you’ve asked me not to disturb you when you are sealed in your hyperbaric chamber. Regrettably, it has been [...]

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