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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 [...]

03 14, 2020

Stop Comparing Coronavirus to Early HIV/AIDS. Just Stop.

By |2020-03-14T16:11:55-04:00March 14th, 2020|Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Alon Reininger Contact Press Images People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream.  There is no comparison. Just stop. No one cared about people dying of AIDS in the early years of the pandemic. The stock market didn’t budge. The President didn’t [...]

03 12, 2020

This Sex Worker Survived Hell to Teach Us Forgiveness

By |2020-03-12T09:34:26-04:00March 12th, 2020|Book Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Somewhere well into Every Grain of Sand, the mesmerizingly sad and ultimately transformative new memoir by recovering addict and sex worker David P. Wichman, the reader might wonder just how much more they can take. There are harrowing accounts of childhood abuse, of the bottomless cruelty of parents and the heartless whims of child protective [...]

02 25, 2020

My ‘Trump Trauma’ is Real. And I am Not Alone.

By |2020-02-25T15:03:07-05:00February 25th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

(This essay appeared in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of POZ Magazine. It plays off the fact that it was written in advance of publication, in late 2019, and how fast-paced the downfall of our democracy news cycle can be. One thing is certain: my Trump Trauma remains, and I intend to do something about it [...]

02 7, 2020

NMAC Changes Conference Name from ‘AIDS’ to ‘HIV.’ So What?

By |2020-02-07T16:16:24-05:00February 7th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

First things first. I don’t believe the national HIV agency, NMAC, acted thoughtlessly toward people living with AIDS – only one of the accusations leveled against them -- when NMAC decided to change the name of their annual conference from “the United States Conference on AIDS” to “the United States Conference on HIV.” The announcement [...]

01 28, 2020

The Uproarious Launch of ‘Merce 2’ in Photos

By |2020-01-28T12:21:56-05:00January 28th, 2020|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

Tyne Firmin and Charles Sanchez (Photo: Mark S. King) Something struck me, maybe halfway through the uproarious screening of the new, second season of the musical comedy web series, Merce. I surveyed the packed room at the LGBT Center in New York City, the audience laughing, clapping, cheering on the characters and growing [...]

01 14, 2020

My Fabulous Disease Nabs 5th GLAAD Award Nomination

By |2020-01-15T08:43:57-05:00January 14th, 2020|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Well, I’m nothing if not consistent. My Fabulous Disease has received its fifth GLAAD Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Blog,” becoming the first blog to receive a nomination for the last five years the prize has been bestowed. It has never won the award. Yes, the Susan Lucci jokes write themselves. “At a [...]

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