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08 19, 2021

‘Swan Song’ is an Emotional Gay Trip to Bountiful

By |2021-08-20T07:54:31-04:00August 19th, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Udo Kier in "Swan Song." (Amazon) “Where will we dance?” The elderly gay man asks the young queer bartender the question with all sincereity, confused about where gay men will be able to congregate, much less dance, once the small town’s last remaining gay dance club is closed.  The criminally young bartender only [...]

08 10, 2021

For a Second Year, COVID Reduces USCHA to a Virtual Event

By |2021-08-10T10:23:01-04:00August 10th, 2021|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

  Ultimately, the organizers of the United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) ran out of viable options for hosting the largest annual HIV conference in the country as an in-person event. For weeks, as the delta variant of COVID surged and the prospects for any large in-person gatherings this fall diminished, officials at NMAC, which [...]

07 23, 2021

Not having as much sex? You’re not alone.

By |2021-07-23T15:30:24-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Photo by Matt Roth My sex life in the 1980s before AIDS came along was glorious.  My endurance level was Olympian, my sexual response time was faster than a wink from a cute man, and body fluids went flying like they were shot from cannons. Today, I am 60 years old. It’s easy [...]

07 23, 2021

A Complete History of HIV/AIDS Will Depend on You

By |2021-07-23T15:21:16-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

And when you’re gone, who remembers your name? Who keeps your flame? Who tells your story? Who tells your story? Who tells your story? — From the musical Hamilton   In March of 1985, I stood in the kitchen of my West Hollywood condo. The phone was attached to the wall, and I can remember how [...]

06 2, 2021

He Wrote That First AIDS Report in 1981. He Has a Lot More to Say.

By |2021-10-05T15:16:13-04:00June 2nd, 2021|Family and Friends, Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Michael Gottlieb, MD (photo: Elizabeth Nathane) This June 5, 2021 marks 40 years since the famous report in a CDC publication, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), in which Dr. Michael Gottlieb outlined the troublesome cases of five gay men dealing with pneumonia and skin cancers. It is widely considered the “start” of scientific [...]

05 18, 2021

When Our Masks are Removed, What Will Be Revealed?

By |2021-05-18T09:26:25-04:00May 18th, 2021|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Last night I sat with my husband and a member of our pod (is there a more 2020 expression than that?) as we watched a perfectly sweet and entertaining movie that gets pretty sad at the end, and throughout its last twenty minutes I cried like my mother had just died. I cried the first [...]

05 12, 2021

Sir Elton John and Olly Alexander Absolutely Crush “Its a Sin”

By |2021-05-15T09:25:28-04:00May 12th, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Sir Elton John has always shown great generosity towards younger artists, especially those with whom he shares a sense of theatrical DNA. At the Brit Awards last night, the legendary performer and lifelong HIV/AIDS activist proved his taste for talent is still incredibly well-placed, owning the stage with Olly Alexander (Years and Years) for what [...]

04 20, 2021

The Gay Men of “Jerker” Escape AIDS Through the Phone Line

By |2021-04-20T11:44:12-04:00April 20th, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Tyshawn Gooden and Greg Piccirilli in Jerker. (Tyler Ogburn Photography) (Readers: Please join me when I host a virtual screening of this play on April 28th, including a talk-back with the cast and crew. Details below.) When the monumentally important play Jerker begins screening online as the latest virtual offering of Out Front [...]

04 13, 2021

HIV Genetic Data is Tracked and Shared. It’s Creepy and Dangerous.

By |2021-04-13T08:57:34-04:00April 13th, 2021|Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

If you are a person living with HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health department probably already have your HIV genetic profile. They have been examining it and comparing it to a genetic analysis of other people. People in your community. People you might know. You probably never knew [...]

03 13, 2021

The Politics and Pitfalls of HIV Community Language

By |2021-03-13T22:21:59-05:00March 13th, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Kiara St James, Ben Plumley, Jose Romero, and Mark S. King Two broadcasts this week took a look at the words we use as people living with HIV - and the words others use to describe us. Those words can be hurtful or weaponized, even among ourselves. As a participant in both conversations, [...]

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