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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 [...]

01 25, 2019

A Review of the HIV/AIDS GLAAD Award Nominees

By |2019-01-25T15:58:50-04:00January 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 22, 2019

The Armorettes Celebrate 40 Years and $2.3 Million

By |2019-01-22T10:21:26-04:00January 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 [...]

12 9, 2018

Drag Taught Me What It Means to be a Man

By |2018-12-09T09:22:40-04:00December 9th, 2018|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

The musty gym bag stays in my closet, ironically enough. Inside, a crumpled black wig fights for space with a sequined dress, heels, a string of fake pearls and a bag of make-up. After more than twenty years since performing with the Armorettes, this is all that remains of Ms. Anita Mann. That is, until [...]

11 25, 2018

Once, When We Were Heroes

By |2018-11-25T11:31:40-04:00November 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 [...]

11 20, 2018

‘The Stigma Experience’ Made Me Relive My HIV Test. It Wrecked Me.

By |2018-11-20T12:49:50-04:00November 20th, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Remembering the moment in March of 1985 when I learned I was HIV positive is difficult. I speak and write about it often, but the actual emotions aren’t easy to access. I know it was horrific because my brain tells me it was, but putting myself back into the mind of my 24-year-old self and [...]

11 16, 2018

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

By |2018-11-16T10:05:22-04:00November 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 [...]

11 13, 2018

What 5,000 Phone Sex Calls Taught Me about Gay Men

By |2018-11-13T11:37:04-04:00November 13th, 2018|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The number might be a little low. Over the course of my “phone fantasy” career in the 1980s, I spoke to as many as ten customers in a given day, numbering in the many thousands over the years. That’s a lot of heavy breathing. It began when I was a struggling actor in Los Angeles [...]

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