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09 28, 2019

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

By |2019-09-28T21:56:34-05:00September 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 [...]

09 10, 2019

USCA Photos from Advocates in the Room Where It Happened

By |2019-09-11T23:28:21-05:00September 10th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

A choral performance during Plenary II of the USCA. (Photo: Luke Hammerman) A picture, and sometimes a video clip, can tell a thousand words. Sometimes they shout those words, or even sing them to you. In these amazing pictures and video clips from the 2019 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the activists, advocates, and [...]

09 8, 2019

Watch Jade Elektra sing “Undetectable” at the U.S. Conference on AIDS

By |2019-09-09T12:26:55-05:00September 8th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Jade Elektra at USCA (Photo: Scott Henrichsen) Toronto drag personality Jade Elektra captivated the Saturday plenary of the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) with her live rendition of “Undetectable,” part of a program devoted entirely to the “Undetectable Equals Untransmittable” (U=U) movement. Jade Elektra is the stage name of Alphonso King, Jr. [...]

06 10, 2019

IML Winner Jack Thompson on Sex, HIV, and Facing Transphobia

By |2019-06-11T07:22:08-05:00June 10th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Jack Thompson, who just won the 2019 International Mr. Leather (IML), is a lot. And he carries it well. Jack is biracial. He’s gay. He’s transgender. He’s extremely kinky, depending on what scale you use to measure such things. Jack is also utterly transparent about all that he is, to a disarming degree. His speech [...]

04 6, 2019

All Aboard the 2019 HIV Cruise Retreat!

By |2019-04-06T09:19:16-05:00April 6th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

This November, the HIV Cruise Retreat (also known as “the Poz Cruise,” although it is not associated with POZ Magazine) will celebrate its 15th Anniversary voyage with a cruise to the Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale. As the host and MC, I can’t wait to join them. Grab a floppy hat and some sunscreen and come [...]

03 21, 2019

Steve Pieters is the Very Model of a Medical Anomaly

By |2019-03-21T09:29:15-05:00March 21st, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Brace yourselves, Gilbert & Sullivan fans. The Rev. Steve Pieters has a treat for you. Steve is a long-term survivor – and by long, I mean since before 1985, when HIV/AIDS was known as Gay Related Immune Disorder (GRID). Steve has been an advocate of many decades for both HIV causes and for the religious [...]

01 22, 2019

The Armorettes Celebrate 40 Years and $2.3 Million

By |2019-01-22T10:21:26-05:00January 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 [...]

11 25, 2018

Once, When We Were Heroes

By |2018-11-25T11:31:40-05:00November 25th, 2018|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Richard King and Emil Matzner, 1982 My brother Richard smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and begged his dying lover not to swallow it. A time when Richard held the concoction they had prepared together [...]

09 11, 2018

Five Takeaways from the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS

By |2018-09-17T17:23:30-05:00September 11th, 2018|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|2 Comments

The presenters of the HIV Survivor Monologues: Lillibeth Gonzales, Bryan Jones, Teresa Sullivan, Mark S. King, Rick Guasco, and Esther Ross. “What family doesn’t have its ups and downs?” -- Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lion in Winter The 2018 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the HIV advocacy, education and networking behemoth produced [...]

08 1, 2018

AIDS2018: The Complete Video Collection from My Fabulous Disease

By |2018-08-01T10:50:13-05:00August 1st, 2018|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Attendees at the "OUT WITH IT" pre-conference of AIDS2018 in Amsterdam. One of the great joys of my HIV/AIDS writing and video blogging over the years has been capturing the sights, sounds, and incredible people of the International AIDS Society’s (IAS) biannual conference. I’ve spent sleepless nights in hotel rooms everywhere from Vienna [...]

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