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06 20, 2020

Shopping for Socks at the Mall with Larry Kramer

By |2020-06-20T08:08:59-04:00June 20th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

(This is a work of fan fiction, and Mr. Kramer loved it. See postscript below.) The mall was abuzz, with people darting in and out of stores, wrangling their kids and chatting on cell phones. I preferred it that way, because it kept Larry in a fairly calm state of quiet attention, ever vigilant as [...]

06 4, 2020

My Message for White HIV Long Term Survivors

By |2020-06-04T14:48:08-04:00June 4th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

There's isn't any way to discuss HIV Long Term Survivor Awareness Day (#HLTSAD) this year (Friday, June 5) without discussing racial disparities. For that matter, we should "lead with race," as NMAC's slogan goes, from this moment forward. I'm going to try better in that regard. I'll let me video message speak for itself. Here [...]

06 1, 2020

I Am Racist, and That’s a Good Place to Start

By |2020-06-01T17:27:48-04:00June 1st, 2020|Book Review, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Credit: Isaac Hale, Star Tribune There is a fact I have always wanted to argue. I thought I was different from those other white men. If you just had let me explain, just let me tell you about me, me, me, then you would surely see the real truth for yourself, proven by [...]

05 16, 2020

A Message for HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day

By |2020-05-16T22:47:10-04:00May 16th, 2020|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

To commemorate HIV Vaccine Advocacy Day in Nigeria on Monday, May 18, I recorded a brief video as part of an awareness project for the New Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society. My message was simple. Vaccines take time, factual science, and patience. I will never forget listening to HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler in 1984, right [...]

05 8, 2020

The ‘Plandemic’ Video Fooled People. Deborah Birx is Still Trying.

By |2020-05-12T09:10:43-04:00May 8th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Drs. Judy Mikovitz and Deborah Birx Hucksters and charlatans know their cue: their traveling salvation shows typically arrive when we are at the nexus of public panic and willful ignorance. It should have come as no surprise, then, to find Dr. Judy Mikovitz' dusty wagon come creaking into sight this week with its [...]

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 [...]

04 7, 2020

I Am Freaked Out and I Want My Mom

By |2020-04-07T12:34:04-04:00April 7th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

The first time it happened, a couple of weeks ago, I was waking up from a nap. My eyes were moist. The dream began to fade but the emotion lingered, and so did the central image. Mom was standing in the kitchen, looking at me fondly, saying something reassuring. It doesn’t matter what. It was [...]

04 5, 2020

HIV Activist Performs Flawless, Unhinged Lip Sync While Driving

By |2020-04-05T18:16:09-04:00April 5th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Trump|0 Comments

I really needed to get out of the house and escape COVID isolation, it’s as simple as that. So, I took a little drive around the neighborhood to give my car a spin. It’s been parked for more than a week. Do you know the Toni Tennille albums, recorded post-Captain? She sings old standards, and [...]

03 31, 2020

Nursing Student Faces COVID-19 at Work and Fears at Home

By |2020-04-01T21:24:40-04:00March 31st, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

There are trials by fire, and then there are trials by wildfire. Nursing student Brian Thomas never imagined his on-the-job education would transform into fighting on the very front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, or that he would be forced to take extreme safety precautions each time he arrived home from his internship at a [...]

03 20, 2020

The Very Best of Humanity is Coming. So is the Worst.

By |2020-03-20T14:12:21-04:00March 20th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

The flyer was in my mailbox, folded and placed by an unknown neighbor. “NEED CORONAVIRUS HELP?” it read, explaining a local “Self-Quarantine Response Team” was here to support those “with compromised immune systems, those in quarantine – or even those who must work or have kids or feel isolated due to social distancing. Please retain [...]

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