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07 2, 2019

Larry Kramer Gives Us One More Chance to Wake the F*ck Up

By |2019-07-02T14:49:30-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

A die-in on 5th Avenue during 2019 Pride Weekend in New York City. (photo: Leandro Justin) Our friend Larry Kramer, the godfather of the AIDS activism movement, hasn’t lost his edge. That should surprise no one. In his speech at the Queer Liberation March on Sunday, however, Larry was nearly wistful, reminiscing on [...]

06 20, 2019

A Drag Queen Sings ‘Undetectable’ at an AIDS Vigil and Melts the Internet

By |2019-06-20T11:12:03-04:00June 20th, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Jade Elektra performs at the Toronto AIDS Vigil on June 18, 2019. (Bob Leahy) When Toronto drag queen Jade Elektra, aka HIV positive activist Alphonso King, Jr., stepped to the stage of the 2019 Toronto AIDS Vigil on Tuesday night, she knew she had a message. It wasn’t simply that she would become [...]

06 10, 2019

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

By |2019-06-11T07:22:08-04:00June 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 [...]

05 22, 2019

I Left My Hospital Bed to Make an HIV Event. What Self-Care?

By |2019-05-23T08:09:12-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

"It's 3:00am and I have a plane to catch in the morning, people." Fainting is weird, especially the third time it happened during one weekend. By that time, I knew enough to grab a safe spot – the front steps of the house, I had been admiring the blooms in the courtyard – [...]

05 17, 2019

Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the House Hearing on PrEP

By |2019-05-17T07:05:30-04:00May 17th, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the House Oversight Committee conducted a hearing to try and get to the bottom of the Truvada pricing and patent scandal. They were not messing around. The title of the hearing was, “HIV Prevention Drug: Billions in Corporate Profits after Millions in Taxpayer Investments.” The hearing was the culmination of [...]

04 23, 2019

These Drag Queens are Anal About Their Health

By |2019-04-23T18:56:54-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

I’m a Southerner, first and foremost. We love beauty pageants and drag queens.  So, the new video series Anal About My Health is right up my (ahem) alley. Produced by MPACT (Global Men’s Health and Human Rights), the cheeky series is based on the actual life experiences of several Bay Area drag personalities. In each [...]

04 6, 2019

All Aboard the 2019 HIV Cruise Retreat!

By |2019-04-06T09:19:16-04:00April 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 |2019-03-21T09:29:15-04:00March 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 [...]

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 [...]

02 7, 2019

Trump’s Cynical HIV Plan, Led by Extremely White Men

By |2019-02-08T08:17:33-04:00February 7th, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Meeting of Trump's team to end HIV on Feb 6, 2019. (Photo: Carl Schmid) Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, so let’s hear it for the Trump USA team behind his master race plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. I’ve even included an actual photo of their meeting on January [...]

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