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02 1, 2018

Hooray! HIV Stigma Is Over, Says Producer of Versace Series

By | February 1st, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Oh, to be a Hollywood producer. High-powered meetings and mimosas. Swimming pools. Movie stars. And as far as the eye can see, not a single person living with HIV experiencing stigma. That’s the candy-colored scenario presented by Brad Simpson, one of the executive producers of the FX series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni [...]

01 24, 2018

Racquetball as an Exercise in Humility

By | January 24th, 2018|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Jon, left, celebrates another victory. My friend Jon is a gracious winner, as well he should be. He has had a lot of practice. During the months we have been playing racquetball together, I have never won a game. Not one. I hate Jon so much. I like to play games I can [...]

01 22, 2018

Why Are We Still Haunted by The Boys in the Band?

By | January 22nd, 2018|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The cast of the original stage production and film version of The Boys in the Band. When I was 15 years old in the mid-1970s, I couldn't wait to attend a local community theater production of The Boys in the Band. I was intrigued by the play's dark and mysterious reputation, and had [...]

11 27, 2017

The World AIDS Day Anthem We Really Need Has Just Arrived

By | November 27th, 2017|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The cast of Merce, the web series. Most people would walk away if the future seemed unclear and shut you out because they’re afraid. But I’m not. I’m right here. That’s what my love is for. My love will be your cure. -- “Your Cure,” an original song from season two of Merce [...]

11 6, 2017

‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ is the Sexiest Damn Film of 2017. Period.

By | November 6th, 2017|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

A still from the trailer of "BPM (Beats Per Minute)" “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be in your revolution.”  Feminist Emma Goldman (1869-1940) (Mild spoilers ahead.) In the new film BPM (Beats per Minute), set in Paris in the early 1990’s, ACT UP activists invade a high school to do [...]

10 24, 2017

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

By | 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 6, 2017

Review: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ is Trans Film Noir

By | October 6th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Marsha P. Johnson, in a photo from the new documentary. Victoria Cruz, a dogged crime-victim advocate in New York City, has taken on one last case before retirement. She wants to solve the mysterious 1992 death of Marsha P. Johnson -- a trans woman like Cruz herself -- who’s body was pulled from [...]

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 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 29, 2017

Comic Adam Sank Won’t Do HIV Jokes. OK, Maybe One.

By | August 29th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Adam Sank (photo: Michael Martin) Comedian Adam Sank has a joke about HIV that left me gasping when he told it to me, the kind of story that has a punchline that mortifies you with shock and a naughty, guilty delight. I would tell you this joke right away but you might get [...]

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