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01 28, 2020

The Uproarious Launch of ‘Merce 2’ in Photos

By |2020-01-28T12:21:56-05:00January 28th, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Tyne Firmin and Charles Sanchez (Photo: Mark S. King) Something struck me, maybe halfway through the uproarious screening of the new, second season of the musical comedy web series, Merce. I surveyed the packed room at the LGBT Center in New York City, the audience laughing, clapping, cheering on the characters and growing [...]

01 10, 2020

How Dare Leo Herrera Pretend AIDS Never Existed?

By |2020-01-10T15:37:52-05:00January 10th, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

What would the lives of gay men be like today if AIDS never happened? Filmmaker Leo Herrera’s answer to that question is a genre-busting web series Fathers. A dreamlike mix of actual historical information and clever wish-fulfilment -- with plenty of sex for good measure -- Herrera’s series takes us on quite a fantastical journey [...]

01 2, 2020

The Fabulously Bonkers HIV Musical ‘Merce’ is Returning. Brace Yourselves.

By |2020-01-02T10:49:02-05:00January 2nd, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Charles Sanchez has audacity, you have to give him that. Not only did he create a web series, Merce, drawn from his own life as a gay New Yorker living with HIV, he made it a musical comedy, people. With original music and a cast of lively singers and dancers. Oh, and then he stuffed [...]

08 1, 2019

ACT UP Had a Diversity Problem. Should ‘Pose’ Correct it?

By |2019-08-01T12:42:13-05:00August 1st, 2019|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

To say that Pose is an unlikely hit is an understatement. It’s a goddamn miracle, and while we’re at it, Pose is also a gift to LGBTQ history, to the visibility of marginalized people, and to HIV awareness in the here and now. It challenged me, then, when the most recent episode, “Blow” (7/30/2019), left [...]

07 25, 2019

We Need to Talk About the ‘Pose’ Hospital Episode Right Now

By |2019-07-25T11:54:42-05:00July 25th, 2019|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Pose on FX is nothing less than astounding to me. So much could have gone wrong, with the era, the themes, the characters, and – the aspect of the show closest to my heart and my critical eye -- the disease that looms over it all. Trans writers and advocates are better qualified to remark, [...]

03 7, 2019

A Teenage Girl Made a Film on Greg Louganis and HIV. He Loves it.

By |2019-04-28T12:14:06-05:00March 7th, 2019|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

(UPDATE: On April 27, 2019, Ella Johnson's video proceeded to Nationals. She ranked first in the "Senior Individual Documentary" division.) When Ella Johnson made a video documentary about Greg Louganis for her National History Day project, she knew most of her fellow students would be shocked. Ella is a high school freshman in Whitehall, a [...]

01 25, 2019

A Review of the HIV/AIDS GLAAD Award Nominees

By |2019-01-25T15:58:50-05:00January 25th, 2019|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The GLAAD Media Award nominations are out, and for the fourth consecutive year My Fabulous Disease has been honored with a nomination in the category of Outstanding Blog. While the GLAAD Awards have risen in stature over the years (now comprised of two star-studded ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles honoring journalism, television, [...]

01 24, 2019

A Gay Addict and a Clinician Explain Meth Addiction and Recovery

By |2019-01-24T10:35:38-05:00January 24th, 2019|Film Review, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Dr. David Fawcett and Mark S. King at HIV Endgame in Toronto. Dr. David Fawcett and I have an oddly symbiotic relationship. David has specialized in drug and sex addiction for many years, and I was a drug addict for many years. We’ve become close friends and have managed to use both of [...]

11 16, 2018

A Short Film for World AIDS Day has Arrived. Watch It Right Now.

By |2018-11-16T10:05:22-05:00November 16th, 2018|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

"Sing Your Song" follows the awakening of a young man living with HIV in Mississippi. Stop what you’re doing. An exhilarating new short film produced especially for people living with HIV (PLHIV) is about to grab your heart and make you stand up and cheer. To commemorate World AIDS Day 2018, the Sero [...]

10 2, 2018

In Praise of Sam Elliott (and the Night He Showed Up for People with HIV)

By |2018-10-02T13:31:03-05:00October 2nd, 2018|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

  A moment of reverence, please. In 1975, I went to the movies and discovered everything I needed to know about men, sexual allure, chest hair and the masculine ideal that would fuel my fantasies for the rest of my natural life. The film was Lifeguard and the star was Sam Elliott. You unfortunate folks under 40 may only [...]

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