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How Lesbians' Role In The AIDS Crisis Brought Gay Men And Women Together

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices

We tend think of the queer community as being relatively cohesive, oftentimes subscribing to the same political and social agendas...

Pulling All The Strings: Broadway Puppeteer Talks Art, AIDS, And Mortality

Katie Tandy | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts
Katie Tandy

Addis Williams--retired Broadway puppeteer and bohemian buddha--could singlehandedly banish anyone's existential blues.

Movie Review: Into the Woods -- We All Die. The End.

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.25.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods arrives on the big screen 27 years after it opened on Broadway -- and with the same second-act problems that have plagued it through the years.

We Are a Gentle, Loving People Singing for Our Lives

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.14.2015 | Los Angeles
Malcolm Boyd

Fascinating how past and present political movements merge when we cast our votes on Election Day. We just had such a day. Events, large and small, became history.

Ebola vs. AIDS, Obama vs. Reagan

Peter Staley | Posted 12.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Compare and contrast: Ebola vs. AIDS, Obama vs. Reagan. Anyone who continues to defend President Reagan's response to AIDS is ignoring a history of gross negligence compared with the response to other disease outbreaks in the U.S.

Movie Review: Pride Proudly Crosses Lines

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Pride is the kind of movie that is best seen without knowing its storyline going in. Because it delivers something quite different than you expect, based on the kind of movie it seems to be.

President Of The Black AIDS Institute: Gay Men In New York Did Not And Do Not Matter

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices

The recent release of the much-anticipated film "The Normal Heart," which follows a gay activist trying to raise awareness in the early years of the A...

'You'll Never Get a Date Now': On Being Straight in the AIDS Community

Victoria Noe | Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Victoria Noe

It was 1989, and I'd just told a former boyfriend that I was taking a break from my fundraising consulting practice to become the development director at Chicago House, a residential program for people living with AIDS. He was right: Nothing ruined the evening like telling a guy where I worked.

Love in a Cold Climate: Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves and the AIDS Crisis

Kevin Childs | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Childs

Coming to Britain at the same time as David France's How to Survive a Plague, the arrival of Jonas Gardell's Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves may represent a moment in our culture when sufficient time has elapsed for reflection and reconciliation, and also, I think, a renewal of anger.

Stop Bludgeoning Young Gay Men With Our AIDS Tragedy

Mark S. King | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS. I will not dig up Lesley's body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley did not perish so that I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn't a cautionary tale. He wasn't a martyr.

What We Did

Robert Julian | Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Julian

At the insistence of terminally ill friends, we begged, borrowed, or stole opiates and sedatives, hoarding them until we had accumulated enough for a lethal dose. Sometimes it worked. When it didn't, we picked up the pillow on the bed. We allowed ourselves to become on-call murderers.

The HIV Generation Gap

Tyler Curry | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Just like in any battle, some of the long-term survivors of HIV can sometimes hold a bit of resentment toward those who avoided the worst part of the fight. And this sentiment is quite understandable. The early days of HIV are comparable to very few other epidemics in modern history.

Tim Cummings' Passage to The Normal Heart

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

"It was profound, and admittedly a little nutty, but more importantly, it was one of the first times I realized something about myself as an actor: I am deeply committed to the work; I am very particular about the conveyance of the playwright's truths, be they fact or fiction."

Larry Kramer, Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Putin and the Life-and-Death Importance of Speaking Out

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What Larry Kramer, inspired so profoundly by Hannah Arendt, demonstrated is that the importance of our voices -- of speaking our minds and our truths, of organizing, of acting up and out -- can mean the difference between life and death. Which brings us to the situation in Russia.

How I Didn't Get AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Most of my young gay friends are uninterested in the history of my membership in ACT UP, but a few, like Jake, are curious, even insistent. I answer their questions and try to explain what it was like to be 25 in the East Village in 1989.

ACT UP Members Reunite, Without the Anger -- At Least for Now

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Kathleen Kiley

Spencer Cox's death triggered an awareness that remaining unconnected (and silent) was no longer effective in dealing with the trauma and sorrow of the AIDS crisis. So former members will converge on a Greenwich Village club to reconnect -- and perhaps settle on a strategy.

AIDS at 32: For Whom the Bell Tolls (32 Notables Share Their Stories)

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I reached out to both those who directly faced the onslaught of HIV/AIDS and those who are younger who have never known a world without it, to find out how 32 years of HIV/AIDS have affected their lives. Here are 32 voices on the 32nd year of AIDS.

Is This My Beautiful Life?

Peter Staley | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Many of us AIDS-generation survivors in some way have unprocessed grief, or guilt, or an overwhelming sense of abandonment from a gay community that turned its back on us and increasingly stigmatizes us, all in an attempt to pretend that AIDS isn't its problem anymore.

The Song Of The Unlikely Survivor / My Beautiful Life

Robert Levithan | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

Recently I attended a forum titled "Is This My Beautiful Life?" It focused on the veterans of the front lines of AIDS: activists and survivors. Like veterans of Vietnam and Iraq, many have not fully recovered. I seem to have. However, there's a deep grief that fills my heart.

The First AIDS Generation: Grappling With Why We're Alive And What It Means

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

All of us who were in the trenches of the AIDS war are today dealing with the grief and the survivor guilt. Many are grappling with deeper scars and something akin to post-traumatic stress. But unlike for veterans of other wars, there isn't any built-in support system for us.

How I Survived A Plague

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I survived a plague. Acquaintances, friends, co-workers and lovers dead. A myriad of others infected. Who could have foreseen the years of public apathy and private sorrow? Somehow, though, I stand here today having survived the AIDS epidemic, and I still marvel at how.

Using Her Megaphone to Fight AIDS: An Interview With Lisa Lampanelli

Marjorie Hill, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Marjorie Hill, Ph.D.

Recently I visited with comedy's lovable "Queen of Mean" and also one of Gay Men's Health Crisis' heroes, Lisa Lampanelli.

Is HIV Being Shortchanged?

Seth Rosen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Seth Rosen

Major philanthropists are ignoring the continuing AIDS crisis in the United States. Why is HIV no longer a top priority among those with the means to do something about a still-spreading disease that can only be held at bay with costly medications and cannot be cured? People are dying.

William McGuinness

LOOK: From Yale, A New Approach To Remembering A Painful AIDS Crisis | William McGuinness | Posted 10.01.2012 | College

Like good ideas, the Yale AIDS Memorial Project started as a simple one to change the world. In a brainstorming session held toward that purpose at ma...

The Life And Times Of David Wojnarowicz

Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts

"Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz" is paying tribute to the artist, writer and AIDS activist whose name entered headlines in...