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06 15, 2018

Candidate Kevin Mack Includes Life with HIV in Maryland Campaign

By | 2018-06-15T17:59:33+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

Kevin Mack speaks to supporters in Potomac, Maryland The garden party fundraising event last month in Montgomery County, Maryland, had all the usual markers of a political candidate on the rise. Well-dressed children frolicked on the lawn of the stately home while guests helped themselves to finger foods and glasses of wine. Several [...]

05 17, 2018

Honoring My Older Gay Brother on ‘LGBT Elders Day’

By | 2018-05-17T10:56:19+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

It’s no surprise to me that the two causes I am most passionate about, HIV and addiction -- the two issues that drive my activism -- are both things that my older brother, Richard “Dick” King, cared about first. He showed me the way. May 16th marked the third annual “National Honor Our LGBT Elders [...]

05 3, 2018

Revered AIDS Doctor Gabriel Torres: Redemption after Meth Addiction

By | 2018-05-03T16:35:20+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Torres, second from left, with St Vincent's staff in 1992. The article appeared in New York Magazine in 2008. I remember it quite distinctly. Titled “Another AIDS Casualty” and written by David France, the profile of once-famous New York AIDS physician Dr. Ramon “Gabriel” Torres was a heart-wrenching read. The story outlined a [...]

11 20, 2017

Antron Reshaud Olukayode Died of AIDS. We Must Say It.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:24+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Antron Reshaud Olukayode (photo: Rick Gore) This world lost a remarkable young man on November 12th, when Antron-Reshaud Olukayode, a 33-year-old HIV educator, writer, and performance artist from Atlanta died of AIDS. Antron lived with HIV for fifteen years. He died of AIDS. It is enormously important that we say that. His many [...]

10 24, 2017

This HIV Survivor Quit Smoking to Vape. Don’t Judge.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:27+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King gets some vape love from advocate Damon L. Jacobs. My years of smoking are much more likely to kill me than HIV. I suppose that’s progress, and testament to how far we have come in my 32 years living with the virus. So why am I so defensive about my [...]

10 12, 2017

That Time ‘Will & Grace’ Forgot HIV Exists. Again.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:28+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Ben Platt and Eric McCormack in Will & Grace, The revived Will & Grace television comedy has some pithy things to say about aging as gay men and our need to create families where we find them. The producers of the show, which is already a hit with audiences and critics, seem to [...]

08 1, 2017

The Terrifying Crystal Meth Story I Have Never Told

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:35+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault, sometimes when I am beginning to drift off to sleep or, more cruelly, when my mind is enjoying a pleasant reverie. It is then that the dark memory rushes in like a raid. He lived in a house [...]

04 21, 2017

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

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:41+00:00 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 | 2018-03-23T11:41:45+00:00 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 28, 2016

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:48+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows [...]

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