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06 21, 2020

‘All Boys Aren’t Blue’ is the Audacious Memoir of a Black Queer Man

By |2020-06-21T18:41:02-04:00June 21st, 2020|Book Review, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

George M. Johnson, author of "All Boys Aren't Blue" (photo: Sean Howard) George M. Johnson could not have known about this moment in history when he wrote his memoir, All Boys Aren’t Blue, but for this white male reader, the sounds of courageous protestors in our streets were never far away. Johnson provides [...]

06 1, 2020

I Am Racist, and That’s a Good Place to Start

By |2020-06-01T17:27:48-04:00June 1st, 2020|Book Review, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Credit: Isaac Hale, Star Tribune There is a fact I have always wanted to argue. I thought I was different from those other white men. If you just had let me explain, just let me tell you about me, me, me, then you would surely see the real truth for yourself, proven by [...]

03 12, 2020

This Sex Worker Survived Hell to Teach Us Forgiveness

By |2020-03-12T09:34:26-04:00March 12th, 2020|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Somewhere well into Every Grain of Sand, the mesmerizingly sad and ultimately transformative new memoir by recovering addict and sex worker David P. Wichman, the reader might wonder just how much more they can take. There are harrowing accounts of childhood abuse, of the bottomless cruelty of parents and the heartless whims of child protective [...]

11 13, 2018

What 5,000 Phone Sex Calls Taught Me about Gay Men

By |2020-03-26T09:10:46-04:00November 13th, 2018|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

(In my day, all you needed was a way with words. Now, with video conferencing in the age of COVID, the "suspension of disbelief" in an audio phone session has been ruined. Let me take you back to a simpler time...) The number might be a little low. Over the course of my “phone fantasy” [...]

07 12, 2017

‘The Pox Lover’ and the Impact of Lesbians on HIV Activism

By |2018-03-23T11:41:36-04:00July 12th, 2017|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Anne-christine d'Adesky in her element, at a San Francisco protest. (Photo: Juno Rosenhaus) Anne-christine d’Adesky got arrested, accidentally, long before it happened on purpose during AIDS protests. The Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist was covering civil disobedience at a nuclear facility in 1982 when she was approached by a suspicious policeman. Despite assuring him that [...]

06 2, 2017

The True Love Story Behind Larry Kramer’s Novel ‘Faggots’

By |2020-05-27T14:24:48-04:00June 2nd, 2017|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Larry Kramer, Kelsey Louie of GMHC, Mark S. King, and Larry's husband, David Webster. (Photo: Nathan Perkel) The new POZ Magazine feature article, “Finding Larry Kramer,” tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the iconic activist found his way back to GMHC nearly thirty years after the organization kicked him out for being such a pain [...]

01 25, 2017

Examining Death, Including the One I Caused

By |2018-03-23T11:41:45-04:00January 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 |2018-03-23T11:41:48-04:00November 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 [...]

05 12, 2016

Into the Desert, After the Bomb

By |2018-03-23T11:42:14-04:00May 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, [...]

09 30, 2015

Recovering from Meth, Rebuilding a Sex Life

By |2018-03-23T11:42:26-04:00September 30th, 2015|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|5 Comments

For more than a decade I was an active crystal meth addict. They were the darkest years of my life. I suffered numerous relapses as I struggled to get clean, and my woeful journey back to crystal meth was always the same. First, small changes crept into my behavior; not about crystal meth precisely, but [...]

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