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04 23, 2019

These Drag Queens are Anal About Their Health

By |2019-04-23T18:56:54-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

I’m a Southerner, first and foremost. We love beauty pageants and drag queens.  So, the new video series Anal About My Health is right up my (ahem) alley. Produced by MPACT (Global Men’s Health and Human Rights), the cheeky series is based on the actual life experiences of several Bay Area drag personalities. In each [...]

01 22, 2019

The Armorettes Celebrate 40 Years and $2.3 Million

By |2019-01-22T10:21:26-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The opening of the Armorettes 40th Anniversary show. The Armorettes never intended to become the longest continually running drag troupe in the country, or even to be known as the comedy drag show that has raised more than $2.5 million for Atlanta HIV charities. They were formed in 1979 as a group of [...]

12 9, 2018

Drag Taught Me What It Means to be a Man

By |2018-12-09T09:22:40-04:00December 9th, 2018|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The musty gym bag stays in my closet, ironically enough. Inside, a crumpled black wig fights for space with a sequined dress, heels, a string of fake pearls and a bag of make-up. After more than twenty years since performing with the Armorettes, this is all that remains of Ms. Anita Mann. That is, until [...]

05 17, 2018

Honoring My Older Gay Brother on ‘LGBT Elders Day’

By |2018-05-17T10:56:19-04:00May 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 10, 2018

REVIEW: Broadway’s ‘The Boys in the Band’ has Stars but No Wattage

By |2018-05-11T00:52:19-04:00May 10th, 2018|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons star in Broadway's "The Boys in the Band." (Ramona Rosales) Most of playwright Mart Crowley’s bitchy zingers hit their target in the first-ever Broadway production of his 1968 play, The Boys in the Band, that much should be noted. The starry cast, composed of [...]

04 10, 2018

Broadway Sends Amazing Gift to Parkland Theater Students

By |2018-04-10T10:43:52-04:00April 10th, 2018|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Theater students at Stoneman Douglas High School with their cache of signed Broadway posters. As a longtime fan of the work of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), the charity that has laser-focused their time and resources on the impact of HIV on New York’s theatrical community, I was incredibly moved by their recent [...]

11 27, 2017

The World AIDS Day Anthem We Really Need Has Just Arrived

By |2018-03-23T11:41:24-04:00November 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 [...]

10 12, 2017

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

By |2018-03-23T11:41:28-04:00October 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 [...]

10 2, 2016

Revisiting My Sad and Trivial Night with Rock Hudson

By |2018-03-23T11:41:50-04:00October 2nd, 2016|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

(The 31st anniversary of the passing of Rock Hudson brings this memory back again, as it does each year. Maybe I want you to know this sordid tale because I'm still as star-struck and vain as when this happened. Or maybe the memory still brings back fear and melancholy, so repeating it here feels like [...]

03 8, 2016

I Discovered My Brother Was Gay from The Advocate Magazine

By |2018-03-23T11:42:19-04:00March 8th, 2016|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

It was 1975 and I was 14 years old, all gangly limbs and stubborn acne, and I was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car.  Splayed across my lap was the magazine, open to the page my companion had selected. I was staring at the photo with something like revelation. “I wasn’t sure if [...]

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