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11 3, 2017

The Man Who Buried Them Remembers

By | November 3rd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

  Tom Bonderenko in the offices of Moveable Feast in Baltimore When he conducted the funerals, Tom Bonderenko tells me, he always wore his priestly garments and white stole. Even when no one showed up for the graveside service. “It was important to show dignity and respect,” Tom says. He taps the coffee [...]

09 28, 2017

‘After Louie’ Film Review: An AIDS Survivor, Barely Surviving

By | September 28th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Zachary Booth and Alan Cumming in "After Louie." Sam Cooper, a shell-shocked gay veteran of the 1980’s, has invited Braeden, a much younger man, out for a hamburger after their sexual tryst. Braeden has been mindlessly chattering about his life and friends and how he negotiates casual sex outside his relationship. Hookups carry [...]

09 12, 2017

Watch: Right After Testing HIV Positive, She Found Her Voice at USCA

By | September 12th, 2017|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Takia (center) visits the Mr. Friendly booth at USCA with Dave Watt (left) and the PrEP Warrior (Erwin KiddFriendly Willhite). (WATCH: VIDEO BELOW) Hearing Takia tell me about her short journey with HIV – she  tested HIV positive just a few months ago – was the easy part for me. She and I [...]

09 5, 2017

“As Much As I Can” Lifts Up Black Gay Men… and Blows Your Mind

By | September 5th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

George (PJ Johnnie) gets an HIV test, setting the multi-track action of the play into motion. As Much as I Can, the theatrical event playing in Baltimore September 7-14, isn’t content with merely showing you the lives of gay black men in a city plagued with high rates of HIV infection. Instead, this [...]

08 17, 2017

My Best Advice for Those Who Test HIV Positive

By | August 17th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

This is a clever social media campaign: Healthline, an online health community, has asked people who have been living with HIV to create videos for those who have recently tested positive, known as "You've Got This." Think of it as "It Gets Better" for those with HIV. Of course, I had to create a video [...]

05 2, 2017

A Second Chance at Death

By | May 2nd, 2017|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The angel visits, in the 1993 Broadway production of Angels in America. We all know how this ends. Despite the avalanche of articles on aging with HIV or advice about how to avoid long-term side effects or even news of progress toward a cure, nothing will change the inevitable. None of us will [...]

04 21, 2017

Sean McKenna: Life with AIDS Isn’t So Damn ‘Fabulous’

By | April 21st, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

(Sean McKenna, as part of a portrait series by photographer David Meanix.) Last December I attended the most moving, transcendent World AIDS Day program I have witnessed in years. That’s not saying much, of course. These evenings are usually well-meaning but maudlin, featuring tearful eulogies while we hold up candles that drip on our fingers and [...]

01 25, 2017

Examining Death, Including the One I Caused

By | January 25th, 2017|Book Review, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Chris Glaser, author of The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave of AIDS in the 1980's, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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