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12 13, 2018

Ryan White Confab: Trump’s New HIV/AIDS Council is a Bad Joke

By | 2018-12-13T10:03:54+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

“A Trump appointee walks into an AIDS conference” sounds like the beginning of a terrible joke, doesn’t it? Just wait until you hear the punchline. It’ll kill you. The sight of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar standing before more than 4,000 public health and community-based providers of HIV services is shocking [...]

12 9, 2018

Drag Taught Me What It Means to be a Man

By | 2018-12-09T09:22:40+00:00 December 9th, 2018|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The musty gym bag stays in my closet, ironically enough. Inside, a crumpled black wig fights for space with a sequined dress, heels, a string of fake pearls and a bag of make-up. After more than twenty years since performing with the Armorettes, this is all that remains of Ms. Anita Mann. That is, until [...]

11 25, 2018

Once, When We Were Heroes

By | 2018-11-25T11:31:40+00:00 November 25th, 2018|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Richard King and Emil Matzner, 1982 My brother Richard smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and begged his dying lover not to swallow it. A time when Richard held the concoction they had prepared together [...]

11 20, 2018

‘The Stigma Experience’ Made Me Relive My HIV Test. It Wrecked Me.

By | 2018-11-20T12:49:50+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Remembering the moment in March of 1985 when I learned I was HIV positive is difficult. I speak and write about it often, but the actual emotions aren’t easy to access. I know it was horrific because my brain tells me it was, but putting myself back into the mind of my 24-year-old self and [...]

11 16, 2018

A Short Film for World AIDS Day has Arrived. Watch It Right Now.

By | 2018-11-16T10:05:22+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

"Sing Your Song" follows the awakening of a young man living with HIV in Mississippi. Stop what you’re doing. An exhilarating new short film produced especially for people living with HIV (PLHIV) is about to grab your heart and make you stand up and cheer. To commemorate World AIDS Day 2018, the Sero [...]

11 9, 2018

The History of HIV/AIDS in One Astonishing Poem

By | 2018-11-09T18:19:20+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mary Bowman performing at the opening of the 20th Anniversary Community Summit. The team behind the 20th Anniversary Community Summit, being held in Atlanta this weekend and sponsored by ViiV Healthcare, knew how to open the event today on exactly the right foot. The first words attendees heard were the poetry of Mary [...]

10 20, 2018

Thirty Years Later, AIDS Activists Who ‘Seized Control’ Discuss Their Legacy

By | 2018-10-20T10:27:30+00:00 October 20th, 2018|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Original ACT UP activists Mark Harrington, Peter Staley, Gregg Gonsalves, and Ann Northrup at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on October 11, 2018. The AIDS activists who regularly stormed the homes, offices and even churches of the powerful beginning in the late 1980’s weren’t the only ones who were scared [...]

10 10, 2018

How HIV Activists Helped Create the Jeff Flake Elevator Moment

By | 2018-10-10T15:57:01+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Very little happens by accident. The most iconic moments in HIV/AIDS activism – the appearance of the early SILENCE=DEATH meme, the footage of AIDS activist Peter Staley being peeled from a building during a protest, the photos of Sen. Jesse Helms’ home wrapped in an enormous condom – were the product of weeks of careful [...]

10 2, 2018

In Praise of Sam Elliott (and the Night He Showed Up for People with HIV)

By | 2018-10-02T13:31:03+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

  A moment of reverence, please. In 1975, I went to the movies and discovered everything I needed to know about men, sexual allure, chest hair and the masculine ideal that would fuel my fantasies for the rest of my natural life. The film was Lifeguard and the star was Sam Elliott. You unfortunate folks under 40 may only [...]

09 27, 2018

AIDS2020 Will Welcome All the Right People to the USA. What a Travesty.

By | 2018-09-27T20:57:05+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

It is every bit as absurd as it sounds. The International AIDS Society (IAS) plans to hold their global AIDS2020 conference in San Francisco – an insanely expensive and privileged city located in a country that has become dangerously inhospitable to the very populations the IAS claims to serve. Thank goodness for a growing army [...]

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