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Thomas DeLorenzo

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This World AIDS Day, Can We Think of Americans First?

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 4:02 PM

World AIDS Day, for most of the country, is just another day. However, for a person living with AIDS, like me, it is a day of victory. Unfortunately, this particular World AIDS Day is marred with insults and ignorance. A few weeks ago, Secretary Clinton announced that the United States...

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HIV's Derailment Doesn't Have to Mean HIV's Denial

(14) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 5:13 PM

I was 28, having dinner with my former partner David, and, simply stated, I was disappointed with my life thus far, with the fact that I had accomplished more in the decade before I was 20 than I had in my 20s. Things needed to change, and I needed to...

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If AIDS Is Only 30, Why Do I Feel So Very Old?

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 2:56 PM

When the newspapers were ablaze with "AIDS at 30" I felt as if I should have gone out and gotten a cake, complete with the requisite 30 candles. In spite of the statistics being tossed around, we have again missed another public health moment in these ever so loosely United...

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Why "the Gays" Need Planned Parenthood Too

(10) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 11:51 AM

I grew up in Schenectady, a small city in upstate New York. Sex education was an embarrassing night with my younger brother in the school cafeteria with a black and white filmstrip from the 50s. There was no discussion afterwards, just an awkward silence because the room was filled with...

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Why Fight it Out in Court when you can Mediate it?

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 5:19 PM

There is a woman with a secret in Los Angeles. She can talk down the most conflicted couples with just a conference table. Her name is Stephanie Maloney.

Maloney Combines her people skills with certification as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
and it is a winning combination. Take...

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Let's Hear from the Gay Teens for a Change

(42) Comments | Posted November 13, 2010 | 10:19 AM

I have had enough of the experts talking about gay suicides when I caught the Dr. Phil show on bullying. The point that grabbed my attention was that Dr. Phil was probably a bully when he was in school. I mean, I wouldn't exactly call him "friendly" on the...

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A Pre-Existing Condition Can Wreck Your Whole Day

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 1:59 PM

Early last year, I finally decided to take the plunge and go back to school and move my life in a completely new direction. I had decided to go to law school and study health policy law. A natural choice for a verbose person with AIDS, right? Apparently wrong. The...

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Is There a Line in the Health Care Reform That Promises a Cure for AIDS?

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 10:13 AM

Have you seen my cure?

"Do not go gentle into that good night," wrote Dylan Thomas. That seems to be the prevailing subtext of the 2010 HIV Research Catalyst Forum. From April 20th until April 23rd, a large collection of HIV activists gathered in Baltimore, Maryland at the Renaissance...

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Who Knew a Buick Regal could be so Fabulous?

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 2:39 PM

Last Thursday night, I was reluctantly taken to a party. I am constantly going to parties; it's part of the price I pay for working in the Entertainment Industry. There are parties for just about any moment you can think of. Hollywood is always inventing reasons to...

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Since When Is the Expression of Fear and Ignorance a Basic American Right?

(93) Comments | Posted August 25, 2009 | 11:40 AM

AIDS Denialists' Movie Does a Better Job in Spreading Fear than an Insurance Company Lobbyist.

All these conversations about health care just keep me going back to two words -- fear and denial. Remove these two words, and we would easily have a health care system that could work...

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Can I Get the Same Health Care Plan That Michael Steele Has?

(5) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 2:35 PM

One man's response to Michael Steele's cries of socialism regarding the health care plan being discussed in Congress at this time.

Dear Mr. Steele:

I am writing in response to your comments on the current health care plan in Congress, specifically calling the plan Socialism. As a person...

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AIDS in America 2009 -- Where oh where is Ryan White when we need him most?

(5) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 4:03 PM

Where, oh, where is Ryan White when you need him most?
My ongoing quest for Universal Healthcare in America

I have never met Ryan White though feel as if I have. In fact, I feel rather intimate with him, in spite of our lack of face time. Ryan White...

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When Will Americans Reach the Promised Land of Universal Health Care?

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2009 | 3:34 PM

Why is pushing "Goodbye AIDS" while DC infection rates are on the rise?

While our lawmakers are busy on CNN placing the blame for the financial crisis instead of just trying to solve it, Americans are dealing with an ever-increasing problem - poor or no health insurance....

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Will Americans Ever Get Their Health Care Reform -- And Why I Suddenly Feel Very Lucky to have AIDS

(13) Comments | Posted February 18, 2009 | 12:32 PM

Who would have ever guessed that anyone would say they felt lucky to have AIDS? As many Americans leave the land of financial over-hype and find themselves back on the ground trying to deal with the their new fiscal reality, it makes me realize that I got my proverbial shot...

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Universal health care and the New America -- Bush's Legacy of Denial

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2009 | 11:30 AM

Today is my birthday. Today is a day that, frankly, just a few years ago, I did not think I would live to see. Most of my gay male friends from my New York days aren't around to celebrate it with me. They weren't as lucky as I am with...

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Universal Health Care and the New America -- Where is my Year End Bonus for Just Surviving

(24) Comments | Posted December 12, 2008 | 3:37 PM

As I begin this entry, I am perplexed and overwhelmed. How did things get so very out of hand and, yet, at times, seem so very uncorrectable? How did our leaders go so very, very far astray, as if they had the government on some kind of autopilot button? We...

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Universal Health Care and the New America (with Respect to Harvey Milk)

(68) Comments | Posted November 28, 2008 | 11:15 PM

This is the column my parents will wish I didn't write.

I should first begin by warning you I just came home from viewing Milk. We gay people often think our history is just discos, drag queens and casual sex. But long ago, in a galaxy not so far away...

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Why I Want Senator Clinton to Stay in the Senate -- to Continue her Fight for Health Care

(3) Comments | Posted November 18, 2008 | 12:13 PM

My Sunday morning began just like any other one, pretty much. I get out of bed and go through my self imposed morning yoga and then a perusal of the major news websites, catching up on the events that occurred when I was not looking. One item kept jumping out...

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Universal Health Care -- All Americans Need to Have a Chance at a great health care.

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 2:59 PM

Yesterday I was ending another one of my typical weeks here in Hollywood. You know the ones filled with an excess of encouragement and not enough signed contracts or checks that clear. Hollywood is a town where everyone is always just about to have an orgasm, but for factors out...

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Universal Healthcare -- Change has to Happen

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2008 | 1:44 PM

Apparently the word this season on Million Dollar Password is "Change". I constantly hear it out of everyone's mouths -- We need change -- This all has to change. Its true, our world cannot stay the same - we have to make some changes. In my mind I keep going...

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