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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 |2020-04-19T08:55:24-04:00August 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 |2019-07-25T11:54:42-04:00July 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 |2019-04-28T12:14:06-04:00March 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 [...]

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