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David Duran
David Duran began his career in journalism contributing to political columns in local newspapers in swing States during the '04 election cycle. After blogging for several sites, he focused his skills on LGBT topics and quickly was submitting to publications in the UK. Currently, he has just left San Francisco where he was working for The Bay Area Reporter as a news journalist. He has a syndicated monthly business column in various publications including the B.A.R., Out and The Advocate. He is now residing in New York City freelancing full time. From time to time, David also contributes as a guest blogger for several online publications and speaks to aspiring journalists about the LGBT presence in mainstream media. Follow David on Twitter.

Entries by David Duran

An Evolved Opinion on Truvada

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:10 PM


I think that when Truvada as PrEP was first introduced, some, including myself were almost offended by how some within our community jumped at the opportunity to continue their unsafe sexual behavior practices by simply just taking a pill. I admit,...

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'Undetectable' Is the New 'Negative'?

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 8:53 PM

With the news spreading across the Web of the PARTNER study showing that no HIV-positive individual with an undetectable viral load has transmitted HIV within the first two years of the study, HIV-positive men are tossing out their condoms and celebrating. All online profiles are immediately being changed...

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British Underground Music by Way of Austin

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 3:19 PM


For fans of the UK underground music scene, Mark Stoney is a familiar name. He's known for his distinctive songwriting talent of the critically acclaimed and somewhat enigmatic multi-instrumentalist has been held in high regard among many in the know on both sides...

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Marla Mase Releases New EP

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 2:33 PM


At first listen, the EP is an odd mix of music styles. An eclectic funk, rock and experimental fusion. There is an almost spoken-word sound to parts of the tracks, in addition to an interesting use of instruments and sounds. Rock...

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Monks Of Mellonwah New Music

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 4:08 PM

When this band's name first came in front of me, I was expecting to hear some type of new music involving chanting monks from a far away land. The Monks of Mellonwah, are from far away, Sydney, Australia actually, but they are far from monks. Instead of chants, I was...

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The Death of HIV Activism?

(5) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:48 AM

When I originally moved to San Francisco, after finally being relatively comfortable with my HIV status, I was ready to start making a difference. In my head, I would join the legions of activists who would line the streets demanding an end to HIV/AIDS. We would meet late at night...

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Positive or Negative, We Should All Aim to Be Equal (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Well, it's about time that something of this epic proportion came along to help the fight to end the stigma surrounding HIV. And who better to charge the way than longtime HIV activist Jack Mackenroth, best known from his stint on Project Runway. But many of us know Jack as...

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Music City Is Evolving

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 4:11 PM

The South has evolved y'all. Ok, maybe that's speaking a bit prematurely, but on a recent visit to Music City, AKA Nashville, TN, what I found beyond the deep fried everything, was a city on the verge of being socially awesome for the gay community.

Nashvillians shocked the hell...

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A San Antonio Travel Alert?

(98) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:50 PM

The moment I read about this San Antonio travel alert issued by Get EQUAL Texas, I was shocked and truly confused. In San Antonio there is currently a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance being debated and waiting to be voted on, and it's possible that this media advisory...

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Bieber's Mom, Pattie Mallette Writes Book for Her 2 Million Kids

(3) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 4:25 PM

Pattie Mallette, also know as "Justin Bieber's Mom," came to New York this week to meet with teens at Covenant House, a youth homeless shelter that aims to provide essential services to homeless and runaway teens. Mallette might be known for her pop star son, and...

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The Jersey Shore Is About to Get...GAY

(8) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 2:50 PM

The Jersey Shore is opening its arms and calling all gays to come and check it out. Ok, it's not the entire shore, but it's a pretty sweet piece of it called Asbury Park. The beautiful stretch of coast has actually always been welcoming, and has a rich history of...

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AIDS/LifeCycle: Why They Ride

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 1:42 PM

Yesterday marked Day 1 of the AIDS/LifeCycle 2013, an annual bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money to support HIV/AIDS-related services. Standing in the crowd of riders, roadies and supporters that morning left everyone feeling inspired, energized and motivated to embark on the 545-mile journey. It...

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Island Getaway Without a Passport

(8) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 3:13 PM

If you just need to take an island trip and leave your stress behind, but don't want to deal with customs and immigration, you should hop on over to Key West. The Florida Keys -- just a short 30-minute flight from Miami -- offer everything you would want from an...

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Can I Have a Redo On My HIV Test Please?

(3) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:51 PM

There's no coincidence that I chose today to be part of an HIV study. I woke up today eager and ready to go to the clinic to take part in a survey that was about men who have sex with men. Part of the requirements of the study was that...

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I'm Sorry My HIV Offends You

(52) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 2:37 PM

It's easy to be an ass on mobile dating apps because you can hide behind a cell phone. It's also easy to get your feelings hurt if you don't quickly come to terms with the fact that guys online can be vicious. Most men online put it all out there...

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Designing Your New Modern Family

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 3:18 PM

What are the prerequisites for becoming a parent nowadays? Many believe that a romantic relationship, followed by marriage, is still the only option to appropriately raise a child in a well-balanced home.

But while June Cleaver of "Leave It To Beaver" may continue to loom large in our Norman...

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Friends Changing Lives Together for 20 Years

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 2:57 PM

Nancy Davis, a well-known social activist and Hollywood philanthropist along with Lynn Palmer, her best friend and elite interior home designer to the stars, have been working vigorously to ensure the 20th anniversary of the Race to Erase MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Foundation's annual fundraiser is a smashing success....

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Exploring Bora Bora And Tikehau In French Polynesia (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 6:00 AM

If you are trekking to French Polynesia, it's almost a sin not to visit the most famous island to tourists, Bora Bora. This distinct island is synonymous with luxury, beauty and world class resorts. Everything in Bora Bora is on mini islands, even the airport. The only way to shuttle...

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Is Cuba Taking the Lead on LGBT Equality in Latin America?

(48) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 8:23 PM

Last May I had the pleasure of hearing Mariela Castro, daughter of current Cuban president Raúl Castro and niece of the infamous dictator Fidel Castro, speak while she was visiting on her extremely controversial trip to the United States. The following night I was fortunate enough to be granted direct...

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Exploring Tahiti and Moorea in French Polynesia

(3) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 6:00 AM

When you hear Tahiti, the typical response is to say, "far." But, in actuality, the amazingly authentic islands of French Polynesia are only a few extra hours from Hawaii, our go to tropical island destination as Americans. The eight-hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles via Air Tahiti Nui, one of...

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