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06 23, 2020

Film: Can a ‘Gay Leftie with AIDS’ Get Elected Mayor of a Rural Town?

By |2020-06-23T23:04:28-04:00June 23rd, 2020|Family and Friends, Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

Milford, Pennsylvania, is the kind of idyllic small town that Frank Capra romanticized in films like It’s a Wonderful Life. Nothing much rattles the citizens of this quiet country borough. They pay their taxes, vote conservatively, and don’t consider someone a native unless their roots can be traced back for several generations. If Milford is [...]

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 [...]

05 13, 2020

Drag Philosopher Anita Mann Sings of Rainbows and Recovery

By |2020-05-13T09:36:21-04:00May 13th, 2020|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

When a group of entertainers were creating an online fundraiser for the Triangle Club, a Washington, DC, facility providing meeting space for LGBTQ people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, I knew it was time for Anita Mann to emerge from the duffel bag in the back of my closet. The result is a [...]

04 7, 2020

I Am Freaked Out and I Want My Mom

By |2020-04-07T12:34:04-04:00April 7th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

The first time it happened, a couple of weeks ago, I was waking up from a nap. My eyes were moist. The dream began to fade but the emotion lingered, and so did the central image. Mom was standing in the kitchen, looking at me fondly, saying something reassuring. It doesn’t matter what. It was [...]

04 5, 2020

HIV Activist Performs Flawless, Unhinged Lip Sync While Driving

By |2020-04-05T18:16:09-04:00April 5th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

I really needed to get out of the house and escape COVID isolation, it’s as simple as that. So, I took a little drive around the neighborhood to give my car a spin. It’s been parked for more than a week. Do you know the Toni Tennille albums, recorded post-Captain? She sings old standards, and [...]

03 31, 2020

Nursing Student Faces COVID-19 at Work and Fears at Home

By |2020-04-01T21:24:40-04:00March 31st, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

There are trials by fire, and then there are trials by wildfire. Nursing student Brian Thomas never imagined his on-the-job education would transform into fighting on the very front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, or that he would be forced to take extreme safety precautions each time he arrived home from his internship at a [...]

03 20, 2020

The Very Best of Humanity is Coming. So is the Worst.

By |2020-03-20T14:12:21-04:00March 20th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

The flyer was in my mailbox, folded and placed by an unknown neighbor. “NEED CORONAVIRUS HELP?” it read, explaining a local “Self-Quarantine Response Team” was here to support those “with compromised immune systems, those in quarantine – or even those who must work or have kids or feel isolated due to social distancing. Please retain [...]

03 14, 2020

Stop Comparing Coronavirus to Early HIV/AIDS. Just Stop.

By |2020-03-14T16:11:55-04:00March 14th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Alon Reininger Contact Press Images People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream.  There is no comparison. Just stop. No one cared about people dying of AIDS in the early years of the pandemic. The stock market didn’t budge. The President didn’t [...]

12 13, 2019

The Italians Honored World AIDS Day with Heart, Music, and Activism

By |2019-12-13T17:08:19-05:00December 13th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

With KOMOS, the LGBTQ choir of Bologna, Italy, as I bear witness to the HIV epidemic during their World AIDS Day event on November 30th, 2019. What a distinct pleasure to be in the company of spirited Italians for the week of World AIDS Day in early December. I was honored to be [...]

09 28, 2019

This ‘Gay Bar’ Cartoonist Devoted a Strip to HIV/AIDS History

By |2019-09-28T21:56:34-04:00September 28th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Local Gay Bar is a super cute comic strip drawn by an artist known as Adam. The strip is usually filled with colorful go-go boys, handsome bartenders and the kind of bulges we usually only find in the work of a generous illustrator. I was surprised, then, that the strip tagged me in a recent [...]

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