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05 17, 2018

Honoring My Older Gay Brother on ‘LGBT Elders Day’

By | 2018-05-17T10:56:19+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

It’s no surprise to me that the two causes I am most passionate about, HIV and addiction -- the two issues that drive my activism -- are both things that my older brother, Richard “Dick” King, cared about first. He showed me the way. May 16th marked the third annual “National Honor Our LGBT Elders [...]

05 3, 2018

Revered AIDS Doctor Gabriel Torres: Redemption after Meth Addiction

By | 2018-05-03T16:35:20+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Torres, second from left, with St Vincent's staff in 1992. The article appeared in New York Magazine in 2008. I remember it quite distinctly. Titled “Another AIDS Casualty” and written by David France, the profile of once-famous New York AIDS physician Dr. Ramon “Gabriel” Torres was a heart-wrenching read. The story outlined a [...]

01 24, 2018

Racquetball as an Exercise in Humility

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:22+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Jon, left, celebrates another victory. My friend Jon is a gracious winner, as well he should be. He has had a lot of practice. During the months we have been playing racquetball together, I have never won a game. Not one. I hate Jon so much. I like to play games I can [...]

10 24, 2017

This HIV Survivor Quit Smoking to Vape. Don’t Judge.

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:27+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Mark S. King gets some vape love from advocate Damon L. Jacobs. My years of smoking are much more likely to kill me than HIV. I suppose that’s progress, and testament to how far we have come in my 32 years living with the virus. So why am I so defensive about my [...]

08 22, 2017

Y’all Look! It’s the First Redneck HIV Prevention PSA!

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:33+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The good people at Thrive Alabama has been working their butts off for years, covering twelve counties in northern Alabama with five free clinics and vans that travel country roads you would never find on your GPS just to fetch clients for appointments and get them home again. But don’t ever say that the hardworking [...]

08 1, 2017

The Terrifying Crystal Meth Story I Have Never Told

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:35+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault, sometimes when I am beginning to drift off to sleep or, more cruelly, when my mind is enjoying a pleasant reverie. It is then that the dark memory rushes in like a raid. He lived in a house [...]

03 22, 2017

The Irony of Aging: The HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:42+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor’s office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn’t schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn’t a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year. The [...]

02 24, 2017

That Time 37 Years Ago I Won a Car on The Price is Right

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:43+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

When I was nineteen years old, I vacationed to Los Angeles and won a car on "The Price is Right." In the following years, if I really liked you and wanted to impress you -- or give you a small, wacky glimpse of my life -- then at some juncture I'd say "So hey, have [...]

01 25, 2017

Examining Death, Including the One I Caused

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:45+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Book Review, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Chris Glaser, author of The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave of AIDS in the 1980's, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would [...]

11 28, 2016

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

By | 2018-03-23T11:41:48+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows [...]

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