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09 9, 2017

Watch: USCA Plenary Halted by Trans Activists

By | September 9th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Activist Carmarion Anderson, NMAC director Paul Kawata, and activists Octavia Lewis, Bre Campbell, and Francesca Schumann. The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), celebrating thirty years of teaching practical skills to HIV service providers, found itself the target of old-school activism on Friday when transgender activists stopped the plenary program to voice their [...]

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 5, 2017

After Uproar, UnitedHealthCare Reverses Truvada Prescription Policy

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

When it was revealed a few days ago that insurer UnitedHealthCare (UHC) had rejected a patient’s pre-authorization claim for the drug Truvada as PrEP due to “high risk homosexual behavior,” all hell broke loose. Advocates and organizations sprang into action with petitions and requests for meetings. And now, the insurer has reversed themselves -- and [...]

08 3, 2017

Insurer Denies Truvada Due to ‘High Risk Homosexual Behavior’

By | August 3rd, 2017|Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Discrimination against LGBT people is often once-removed, shielded under double-speak and fraudulent intentions. So, it’s refreshing, really, when a company comes right out and says in black and white that gay men aren’t worthy of the same protections as everyone else. In a pre-authorization denial letter to a gay patient seeking Truvada as PrEP, United [...]

07 12, 2017

‘The Pox Lover’ and the Impact of Lesbians on HIV Activism

By | July 12th, 2017|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Anne-christine d'Adesky in her element, at a San Francisco protest. (Photo: Juno Rosenhaus) Anne-christine d’Adesky got arrested, accidentally, long before it happened on purpose during AIDS protests. The Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist was covering civil disobedience at a nuclear facility in 1982 when she was approached by a suspicious policeman. Despite assuring him that [...]

06 30, 2017

‘Blood Disgust’ is Nothing New to People with HIV

By | June 30th, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

It is coursing through our veins, sustaining life and fighting disease, and yet we fear it. The sight of a few drops can make an adult faint. A bucket of it in a movie is the very definition of horror. Even as Donald Trump contributes his perverted, sexist new layer of blood revulsion (through a [...]

06 28, 2017

Taboo Sex, Racism, and Gay Men: A Chat in Black and White

By | June 28th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Detail from Rotimi Fani-Kayode's "Untitled," courtesy of Autograph, London In thirty years of HIV work alongside black advocates, I have rarely written on the topic of race. It makes me uncomfortable, or perhaps I feel unequipped, unqualified. But it’s that very hesitancy, according to black gay academic Charles Stephens, that only makes racism [...]

06 12, 2017

Those Offended by #NoJusticeNoPride Should Learn LGBT History

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

No Justice No Pride protestors blocking the Capital Pride Parade. (Photo: Dylan Comstock) Hell hath no fury like a privileged white gay man who has waited too long for the next pride parade contingent to sashay by. When #NoJusticeNoPride blocked the DC Pride parade route on June 10, causing an hour delay to an already [...]

04 5, 2017

Online Images of Murder and Chemical Attack are Snuff Porn

By | April 5th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Amazing, really, that this needs to be said: stop posting images and video of the last moments of the lives of innocent people. This is snuff porn, and we’re contributing to it under the insane guise of “enlightenment” and “getting people to give a shit.” Such is life in the digital world, where everything is [...]

01 10, 2017

Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017

By | January 10th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. This new political reality is reflected in [...]

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