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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 28, 2016

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

By | 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 [...]

08 16, 2016

The Human Toll of Chase Brexton’s Union-Busting Efforts

By | August 16th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|5 Comments

  "I'm afraid my patients might not know what to do." Jill Crank, one of five employees terminated from Chase Brexton Health Care in a union-busting move by management. Jill Crank misses her patients terribly. And she is worried about them. “The last thing I want is for them to think I abandoned [...]

07 26, 2016

AIDS2016: The Full Video Collection from My Fabulous Disease

By | July 26th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

With my trusty videographer (right), Australian HIV advocate Theo Tsipiras. The people, the parties, the protests! AIDS2016, the international AIDS conference held in Durban, South Africa from July 16-22, had it all. And it was my privilege to bring you the stunning sights and sounds of the gathering, sponsored by The Global Forum [...]

06 15, 2016

My Muscles, My Disease: The Pitfalls of a Meth Addict

By | June 15th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

There is a folder, tucked within a folder, buried deep in my computer files. I shouldn't be looking at its contents, yet I can't bring myself to delete it altogether. It is labeled MARCUS, and inside the folder is my disease. During my years of crystal meth addiction I went by the name of Marcus, [...]

06 7, 2016

There’s More Room in a Broken Heart

By | June 7th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|2 Comments

Will Armstrong (here, in a 2015 photo) acknowledges his losses but has never been happier. So don’t mind if I fall apart There’s more room in a broken heart. -- Carly Simon, “Coming Around Again”When Will Armstrong emerges from heart surgery in just a few days, he will have weeks of hospitalization ahead. [...]

06 5, 2016

Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor

By | June 5th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The young woman sitting across from me on the bus is in her mid-20s. She turns to her companion and her voice grows serious. “I know someone who died,” she says in the hushed tone reserved for tales of mortality. Her friend looks up from his phone. “He was a good friend of my brother,” [...]

05 12, 2016

Into the Desert, After the Bomb

By | May 12th, 2016|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|2 Comments

Daniel Cardone’s essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles. The film begins with lingering shots of each of the subjects as they begin their day.  It follows them through their routine, some of them naked, as they prepare breakfast, shower, [...]

04 12, 2016

The Sound of Stigma

By | April 12th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|4 Comments

Stigma is insidiously quiet. It is conjured in the mind, born of discomfort and fear, and then it is projected at “the other” among us. It judges them and isolates them. And it happens without a sound. Stigma lets us take comfort in seeing things in others about which, we believe, they must be ashamed. [...]

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