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Anita came out to play last night…

Sometimes the old girl busts out of her shell (how she breathes stuffed in a gym bag in the back of the closet I’ll never know) and takes the stage. She got her chance last night, when my drag alter ego brought some laughs to a group of friends in recovery with her infamous TV set number. They responded with love and applause, so she happily withdrew to her musty closet until another time.

AnitaFaceIt reminded me of her earlier exploits, when the show “Anita Will Recover!” was produced for a sober event in Atlanta. The first few minutes of the show include a interactive media number and then a sit-down before Dick (my actual gay brother) strolls in to deliver some withering remarks.

AnitaMissPinkCloudThe first time Anita hit a stage to benefit those recovering from drugs and alcohol, she was pursuing the title of Miss Pink Cloud in Atlanta. After having performed with The Armorettes for a couple years back in the 90’s, I was grateful to resurrect Anita for the purpose of helping others who battles the same demons as I have. The oldest video I have of Anita is with the Armorettes, performing an interactive video rendition of Funkytown with a special appearance by the incomparable Mary Edith Pitts.

Sometimes the message is carried without high tech props. As a writer, I think I may be most proud of Anita sitting down and reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at a sober fund raising event. Of course, this being Anita, the story wanders off to places your daddy never explored!




  1. Trish April 10, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I was fortunate to be in the audience during all of those recovery shows, it was just amazing to watch. That Miss Pink Cloud just blew me out of the water. More so was watching Mark’s journey the past couple of years. WE miss you Mark and love catching up with you via your blog.

  2. Virginia Player October 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I work at the Philadelphia Center in Shreveport, La. and was so very upset with my co-workers when they told me that I had just missed you. They knew I have a standing appointment with the people on “The Body” everyone on there and they should have called me. I have followed your blog for the past few years and have enjoyed it very much and would like the opportunity to meet you the next time you are in town. Thanks you for all you do.

  3. Denise February 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Mark…I have been on this website since you sent me the link today….omggg….what wonderful things to read and watch!!!…I always knew from way back in elementary school you would become something really big…..well….here you are!!!….your story is amazing….loved the story about your dad….and Anita….oh my….she is fabulous!!!…i have added this to my favorites and will frequent it regularly……Keep up the wonderful work….you are an inspiration to those with and without HIV.

  4. Antonio T October 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you Mark. After the day I have had at work, I truly needed to see Anita. I just want to say, Thank You for your honesty and you are an inspiration to many of us. Keep doing what u do!!!!

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