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What Is It Like to Be Cured of AIDS?

Daniel Lyons | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

When Timothy Ray Brown underwent a bone marrow transplant in Berlin during the winter of 2007, he was unaware of the historical significance that the surgery would later have.

Beware Intelligent Men Bearing Caustic Wits

George Heymont | Posted 10.04.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

While the documentary shows Kramer in robust health and, later in life, as a frail senior citizen, it teaches viewers what can happen when one fiercely intelligent man (who is not willing to take "no" for an answer) speaks truth to power.

Faderman's the Gay Revolution a Must Read

Lew Whittington | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Lew Whittington

Her cogent investigative style encompasses the breadth of a hidden, disparate and despised community that transformed itself into a powerful civil-rights movement.

Je Suis

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

I join Lambda Legal Defense, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and activists like Justin Vivian Bond and Peter Staley who all support Mostly, I support the rent boys themselves--I stand with sex worker.

Remembering Vito, 25 Years Later: Vito Russo, the Visual Arts and AIDS

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Vito Russo, the legendary gay and AIDS activist whose achievements have already earned him a biography and several film documentaries, is best known as the author of The Celluloid Closet and as a co-founder of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

STDs Rising: NYC's Epidemic of Neglect

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.21.2015 | New York
Matthew Ebert

In 2010, New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) quietly cut the most important and effective tool we have to end the AIDS epidemic --namely, HIV testing.

Black Lives Matter, ACT UP and the Urgency of Violence and Death

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The Black Lives Matter protest was disruptive, loud, tense and passionate. The first thing that came to my mind was ACT UP, a group I was a part of, which engaged in similar kinds of protest and disruption, including against Democratic presidential candidates. The urgency of the protest was similar as well: People are dying, and no one in power seems to be doing anything to stop it.

Why Protest Someone Who Agrees With You? Here's Why.

Matt Baume | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

If you're a member of any group that's been shut out, pushed aside, forgotten or made fun of, you'll never change anything by following the rules. The rules are what marginalized you in the first place. You've got to break a few of them if you want to make history.

Hook Up Apps Are the Wrong Arena to Demand Equality

Jessica Joseph | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Jessica Joseph

It's up to you, especially if you are not in the mainstream to re-define for a new LGBT generation what is considered a heroic, erotic, queer ideal.

From Ashes to Rainbow

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

The questions we must answer in these days of victory are, How will we honor the sacrifices and the struggle of those who have come before us? and Whose angels will we be? Who of God's children will survive and find salvation because of the work we have done?

Two Current Fronts of the American Health Care Wars: Hepatitis C and Cancer

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

It's clear that health care in the U.S. remains in a state of crisis. Millions of people still don't have health insurance, and pressures remain great to repeal reforms that have extended even bare-bones insurance benefits to the uninsured and underserved.


Victoria Noe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Victoria Noe

When you think of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), you probably think of gay men. You probably think of Peter Staley and the others in How to Survive a Plague. And you probably think that what they did was all in the past.

Stephen Petronio Returns to the Joyce with 'Bloodlines'

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Given Petronio's NYC connection, it's no surprise that his company will perform at the Joyce Theater this week. There's no other venue that so aptly captures the haunting enthusiasm and open intimacy that the city harbors, all of which is reflected in Petronio's repertoire.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the case of Klinghoffer, as in the case of Cruising, the bottom lines for me are simple. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric and tactics of some gay radicals, but I am a lot more concerned about homophobia.

Ebola, AIDS, and Plague Inc.

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

As we face a plague that could spread with the scale and devastation of AIDS, Congress is once again playing partisan and petty politics.

Silence = Death: Coming Out of the Queer IPV Closet

Melissa M. Wilcox | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Melissa M. Wilcox

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Odds are, you'll hear about straight, gender-conforming women who are or have been abused by straight, gender-conforming men. Those stories are important, but they leave queer survivors and our abusers invisible just as we are the rest of the year.

Recasting History: Reflections on HBO's The Normal Heart

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

My reactions to the HBO film of The Normal Heart are not much different from my reactions to the play. At what point do we begin to question the great and powerful Larry Kramer on his saying of TNH: "this is our history"?

Kissing Doesn't Kill

Matthew Ebert | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

Face facts, Truvada will be in everyone's bloodstream in about 15 minutes, so why argue over it? On two fronts we can assault this virus -- the POZ and the NEG, the dirty and the clean. Can we cut the crap and get in one line?

Dr. Joseph Sonnabend and the Battlefield of AIDS

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Once HIV was established as the cause of AIDS, a new designation emerged for those who remained unyielding on this issue of etiology: AIDS denialism.

The Normal Heart's Problematic White Men

Peter Staley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

It took over 20 years for Larry Kramer to finally see his gut-punching AIDS play The Normal Heart put to film, but only days for the movie's few critics to slam its lack of racial and gender diversity. In what is now becoming a familiar pattern, filmmakers are being told to diversify our history, even if that history was less than diverse.

The Neverending Epidemic: And How We Can End It

Jim Eigo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jim Eigo

With the recent release of its Clinical Guidelines for PrEP, and a new campaign to encourage at-risk populations to talk about sex, CDC might be poised for a more activist role in HIV prevention.

The Normal Heart

Matthew Ebert | Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

The Normal Heart remembers moments, then reinvents others, and it reminds me that AIDS fiction is not the truth but a reflection on the emotional truth of an epidemic. That's all I ask for. Lie to me about the look of a lesion and I will forgive you. Lie to me about the emotional truth of the epidemic and I'll pitch you out like an old AZT bottle.

Let The Controversy Commence!

Timothy Patrick McCarthy | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Timothy Patrick McCarthy

History shows us that critics--outliers, whistleblowers, radicals of various kinds -- are usually the first to be silenced, so we should never be complicit in the work of silencing those with whom we disagree.

Who Decides? 'Right-to-Try' Law's Unacknowledged, Deep Roots in AIDS Activism

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
John-Manuel Andriote

It's ironic to hear lefties lambaste Colorado's new "right-to-try" law as something that emerged from the corporation-coddling right wing. They apparently missed some of the most important lessons of the 33-year-old AIDS epidemic.

Hollywood's Take On HIV/AIDS (VIDEO / AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

As the world gears up for HBO's The Normal Heart, I present a recent episode of SnowbizNow in which standout films in 30 years of AIDS in cinema are honored.