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06 2, 2021

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

By |2021-06-02T17:23:50-04:00June 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, [...]

03 3, 2021

What Black Women in the HIV Arena Do You Honor?

By |2021-03-03T16:15:53-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|0 Comments

Included on my long list of Black women in the HIV movement I admire are writer Deirdre Johnson, entrepreneur and activist Hydeia Broadbent, social media influencer Davina Conner, and editor and ally (and proud mom) Olivia G. Ford. The Black women that have shaped and inspired my HIV activism -- and my personal [...]

02 23, 2021

Watch the Most Blissfully Bonkers HIV PSA Ever Made

By |2021-02-23T09:43:07-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

If there was any question that Charles Sanchez is the Mad Hatter of the HIV community, his latest project should remove all doubt. “The More You Can Ho,” a completely looney set of new HIV public service announcements, is the brainchild of Sanchez and his SkippingBoyz producing partner, Tyne Firmin. The pair is responsible for [...]

02 20, 2021

Rush Limbaugh Mocked AIDS Deaths. These HIV Activists Outlived Him.

By |2021-02-20T14:59:39-05:00February 20th, 2021|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy, Trump|0 Comments

Rush Limbaugh once mocked AIDS deaths by playing disco music while gleefully reporting who died. Now that Limbaugh himself is dead, here is my first (and last) episode of "Rush Limbaugh is Dead," in which I name just a few of the HIV activists who have outlived him. Rush Limbaugh apologized years later for mocking [...]

02 16, 2021

REVIEW: “It’s a Sin” Really Wants Somebody to Blame

By |2021-02-16T16:58:02-05:00February 16th, 2021|Film Review, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News, Prevention and Policy|0 Comments

The promise of a new, ambitious television series about “what happened” to gay men in the 1980s is tremendously exciting for long-term HIV/AIDS survivors like myself, starved as we are for representation in the media and for another chronicle of our history to be told. It is often a promise unfulfilled. Already, the British limited [...]

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