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01 2, 2020

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

By |2020-01-02T10:49:02-04:00January 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 [...]

12 17, 2019

Today is ‘International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers’

By |2019-12-17T12:57:17-04:00December 17th, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King (center) during a protest at the IAC in Durban, South Africa in 2016. Today is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. A great way to show support is to encourage members of Congress to co-sponsor and support the Safe Sex Workers Study Act, introduced by Reps. Ro Khanna [...]

12 13, 2019

The Italians Honored World AIDS Day with Heart, Music, and Activism

By |2019-12-13T17:08:19-04:00December 13th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

With KOMOS, the LGBTQ choir of Bologna, Italy, as I bear witness to the HIV epidemic during their World AIDS Day event on November 30th, 2019. What a distinct pleasure to be in the company of spirited Italians for the week of World AIDS Day in early December. I was honored to be [...]

11 6, 2019

Sex Worker Jacen Zhu on Meth, HIV, and Racism in Gay Porn

By |2019-11-06T20:18:26-04:00November 6th, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The fact that sex worker Jacen Zhu is a fiercely intelligent and community-minded young man shouldn’t really come as a surprise, despite our habit of keeping porn stars in their porny boxes. The advent of online opportunities like "Just for Fans" pages on Twitter, which make oodles of money for sex workers while giving us [...]

10 5, 2019

Solving the Mystery of the Queer Angel

By |2019-10-05T22:54:36-04:00October 5th, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The Queer Angel paying respects at the Atlanta AIDS Walk. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood) When the photo appeared on social media only hours after the Atlanta AIDS Walk last week, it produced gasps and tears. There, standing pensively among the panels of the NAMES Project Quilt display, is a gloriously dressed man in [...]

10 2, 2019

Bodybuilder Raif Derrazi Talks HIV Stigma. With His Shirt Off.

By |2019-10-02T07:57:10-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

“I’m sorry to objectify you,” I said sheepishly to bodybuilder Raif Derrazi. For our videotaped interview, Raif was naked down to the nether regions of his sculpted abs, at my request. “Not at all!” Raif happily responded. “There’s a time and place for everything, and this is it.” Raif’s sunny disposition is disarming, because as [...]

09 28, 2019

This ‘Gay Bar’ Cartoonist Devoted a Strip to HIV/AIDS History

By |2019-09-28T21:56:34-04:00September 28th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Local Gay Bar is a super cute comic strip drawn by an artist known as Adam. The strip is usually filled with colorful go-go boys, handsome bartenders and the kind of bulges we usually only find in the work of a generous illustrator. I was surprised, then, that the strip tagged me in a recent [...]

09 15, 2019

BBC NEWS: Mark S. King on Gareth Thomas, HIV Stigma, and U=U

By |2019-09-15T09:59:37-04:00September 15th, 2019|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Okay, I will admit I had no idea who Gareth Thomas was, beyond hearing on Saturday that a major rugby star in the United Kingdom had disclosed his HIV status. But anyone living with HIV could relate to the heart-breaking video he released announcing he is HIV positive. His apprehension is palpable, and he makes [...]

09 10, 2019

USCA Photos from Advocates in the Room Where It Happened

By |2019-09-11T23:28:21-04:00September 10th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

A choral performance during Plenary II of the USCA. (Photo: Luke Hammerman) A picture, and sometimes a video clip, can tell a thousand words. Sometimes they shout those words, or even sing them to you. In these amazing pictures and video clips from the 2019 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the activists, advocates, and [...]

09 8, 2019

Watch Jade Elektra sing “Undetectable” at the U.S. Conference on AIDS

By |2019-09-09T12:26:55-04:00September 8th, 2019|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Jade Elektra at USCA (Photo: Scott Henrichsen) Toronto drag personality Jade Elektra captivated the Saturday plenary of the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) with her live rendition of “Undetectable,” part of a program devoted entirely to the “Undetectable Equals Untransmittable” (U=U) movement. Jade Elektra is the stage name of Alphonso King, Jr. [...]

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