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06 2, 2021

He Wrote That First AIDS Report in 1981. He Has a Lot More to Say.

By |2021-06-02T17:23:50-04:00June 2nd, 2021|Family and Friends, Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Michael Gottlieb, MD (photo: Elizabeth Nathane) This June 5, 2021 marks 40 years since the famous report in a CDC publication, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), in which Dr. Michael Gottlieb outlined the troublesome cases of five gay men dealing with pneumonia and skin cancers. It is widely considered the “start” of scientific [...]

05 12, 2021

Sir Elton John and Olly Alexander Absolutely Crush “Its a Sin”

By |2021-05-15T09:25:28-04:00May 12th, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Sir Elton John has always shown great generosity towards younger artists, especially those with whom he shares a sense of theatrical DNA. At the Brit Awards last night, the legendary performer and lifelong HIV/AIDS activist proved his taste for talent is still incredibly well-placed, owning the stage with Olly Alexander (Years and Years) for what [...]

02 23, 2021

Watch the Most Blissfully Bonkers HIV PSA Ever Made

By |2021-02-23T09:43:07-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

If there was any question that Charles Sanchez is the Mad Hatter of the HIV community, his latest project should remove all doubt. “The More You Can Ho,” a completely looney set of new HIV public service announcements, is the brainchild of Sanchez and his SkippingBoyz producing partner, Tyne Firmin. The pair is responsible for [...]

02 16, 2021

REVIEW: “It’s a Sin” Really Wants Somebody to Blame

By |2021-02-16T16:58:02-05:00February 16th, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The promise of a new, ambitious television series about “what happened” to gay men in the 1980s is tremendously exciting for long-term HIV/AIDS survivors like myself, starved as we are for representation in the media and for another chronicle of our history to be told. It is often a promise unfulfilled. Already, the British limited [...]

12 17, 2020

Watch the Inspiring and Hilarious ‘Birthday Bash’ for HIV/AIDS Survivors

By |2020-12-17T10:46:35-05:00December 17th, 2020|Family and Friends, Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The reviews (and donations) are in, and “Mark S. King’s 60th Birthday Bash” was one for the ages. Or the aged, if you enjoyed the many jokes at my expense about hitting the Big 6-0. Best of all, the event raised $20,616.00 (so far) for its beneficiary, The Reunion Project, a national network of long-term [...]

08 24, 2020

GMHC Founder Larry Mass on the ‘Unwritten Chapter’ of AIDS History

By |2020-08-24T11:52:35-04:00August 24th, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Dr. Larry Mass (Adam Fredericks/GMHC) There are few nights more consequential in the history of gay men than the evening a group of gay men gathered at the home of Larry Kramer more than 35 years ago and began the business of creating the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (now known simply as GMHC). [...]

07 28, 2020

Gay Brothers Grieve an AIDS Death in 1989… with a Funny Video

By |2020-07-28T16:50:29-04:00July 28th, 2020|Family and Friends, Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Richard King and Mark S. King in November, 1989 My brother Richard will tell you stories about his long-time partner, Emil Matzner, with great enthusiasm. Emil’s endearing quirks, their adventures as a couple, things like that. Richard might even provide details about Emil’s death from AIDS thirty years ago, but those are the [...]

07 18, 2020

‘Welcome to Chechnya’ is Traumatizing. Now Go Watch It.

By |2020-07-18T10:55:47-04:00July 18th, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

Welcome to Chechnya, the unnerving new documentary by filmmaker David France, stopped playing in my living room a full hour ago and I’m still trying to shake it. That may take some time, considering the events of the film -- the kidnapping, torture, and disappearance of LGBTQ men and women in Chechnya and the efforts [...]

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 [...]

04 20, 2020

Circus of Books: Among the Gay Porn, a Mother’s Beating Heart

By |2020-04-20T10:22:00-04:00April 20th, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Karen Mason in Circus of Books (Netflix) Circus of Books, the Netflix documentary premiering Wednesday, begins with old home video footage of a large and boisterous family during domestic mealtime chaos. Children are tugging sleeves for attention while parents shoo away the camera. It is a fitting opening for a film that is [...]

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