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05 15, 2017

The Enduring Legacy of Donna Summer for Gay Men

By | May 15th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

(May 17, 2017 will mark five years since the death of music icon Donna Summer. This is why her legacy still matters.) The music my friends liked when I was a teenager intimidated me. It was the head-banging rock of the early seventies, and it felt alien and unappetizing. Most of all, it just felt… [...]

02 21, 2017

What If I Told You the Project Inform Staff Was Hilarious?

By | February 21st, 2017|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Project Inform Program Manager Emily Mariko-Sanders acts up. Throughout the earliest years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, I deeply admired the fierce intellect of the late Martin Delaney, the researcher and advocate who, among many other historic accomplishments, founded Project Inform, the HIV treatment advocacy group with intimate ties to the community. What I [...]

02 7, 2017

Bruce Richman is Totally Hot and Other HIV Activism Truths

By | February 7th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Bruce Richman of Prevention Access Campaign, in 2002. I know. You're welcome. My friend Charles Sanchez is the creator of the musical web series Merce, about an HIV positive New Yorker. But enough about him. Charles and I constantly argue about which one of us has spoken to Bruce Richman most recently, and [...]

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 [...]

11 15, 2016

Sleeping with President Donald Trump

By | November 15th, 2016|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|5 Comments

I am on my feet at the Thanksgiving table, and my fists are slamming into the linen napkins. Silverware is quaking, pottery is rattling. The force of a particularly hard blow to the tabletop sends a dinner roll catapulting from the bread basket. My screams are borrowed from post-election protest marches. They are deafening and [...]

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 [...]

10 24, 2016

My Gay Love for Monster Movies

By | October 24th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

  My first boyhood crush was on a dead man. He was a zombie named Quentin Collins, with eyes that pierced my pubescent gay soul and sideburns the size of the Florida peninsula. He stalked across my TV screen on weekday afternoons at precisely 3:30, when the series “Dark Shadows” introduced me to all manner [...]

09 27, 2016

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

By | September 27th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|4 Comments

The dance club depicted in the CDC music video for "Collect My Love" (full video below). Condoms, PrEP, and being HIV positive and undetectable all get screen time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping [...]

09 19, 2016

Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of ‘Charm Ball’ Over Protest Fears

By | September 19th, 2016|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|1 Comment

Itta Englander, seen here stranded outside Chase Brexton's "Charm Ball." She was denied re-entry to the gala after spending a few minutes talking to protesters upset with the agency's leadership. When this blogger chose to join protesters at Chase Brexton’s annual “Charm Ball” to voice concern over the direction of Baltimore’s largest healthcare provider [...]

08 2, 2016

When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings

By | August 2nd, 2016|My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|2 Comments

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a very touchy organization, most especially when it comes to the Olympic rings. They guard their trademark jealously and litigiously, commonly suing anyone who dares to approximate the iconic rings for their own purposes. Even local street vendors during the Games have been shut down for violating copyright. Anthony [...]

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