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Recasting History: Reflections on HBO's The Normal Heart

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 06.26.2014 | 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.

Taboo Yardies, a Documentary and a Call to Our Humanity

Atim Oton | Posted 06.22.2014 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

Taboo Yardies is an insightful documentary film on the pain and human rights violation of Jamaican people that shows that Jamaica is not ready to deal with this human issue.

A Balm In Gilead

Matthew Ebert | Posted 05.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

All those faces smiling back at me in their colorful brochures do not reassure me that HIV transmission is being minimized.

Video: Fighting Back Against Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

Kelly Cogswell | Posted 05.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelly Cogswell

Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On Friday, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved.

Bridging the Gay Generation Gap

Charlie Ferrusi | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlie Ferrusi

Together we must open our minds, bridge the intergenerational gap, and for God's sake, please put down the finger.

Not an Advocate: An Open, Angry Letter Concerning the Pope as LGBT Ally

Simon Moritz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Simon Moritz

Every definition of both "activism" and "advocate" requires intentional work in the service of a goal. The pope is neither activist nor advocate.

Zach Carter

How Rachel Maddow Helped Force Bill Clinton's Support For Mandela's AIDS Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow played a supporting role in pressuring former President Bill Clinton into abandoning his administration's hostility to Nelson...

'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.

To Those Who Stood Against AIDS Apathy: Thank You

David Furnish | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
David Furnish

The government regulatory bodies were insisting on such a slow testing process that they were effectively condemning to death anybody who was diagnosed with HIV. As far as the authorities were concerned, the message was, "Go die quietly." They clearly hadn't met Larry Kramer.

Can There Be a Fourth Great Wave of AIDS Activism?

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The major new opportunity that has arisen recently has been encapsulated in the term "treatment as prevention." Powerful new evidence has emerged that antiretrovirals not only can preserve the lives and the health of people with HIV but can significantly reduce the odds of new transmissions.

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.

Medical Research: Don't Let This Pillar of National Pride Crumble

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

Americans believe medical research is important for reducing healthcare costs and feel the current spending on biomedical research is insufficient. The message is clear, yet America's voices are not being heard in the budget deficit reduction debate.

WATCH: 'Most Original Stoli Guy' Gets Ambushed By ACT UP

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices

Activists associated with ACT UP / NY disrupted Stoli Vodka's "Most Original Stoli Guy" event last night, July 30, at Splash Bar in Chelsea. The ...

HIV: Gay Again

Jim Eigo | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Jim Eigo

On Dec. 19, 2012, the CDC released a report, "Estimated HIV Incidence in the United States, 2007-2010." To gay readers who'd lived through the AIDS epidemic, the document presented a landscape eerily like the early plague years, when AIDS was a gay disease.

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.

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.