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Dec 01 2016
What If Vito Russo Ran For President? Comments (0)

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Fascinating trailer after the jump for Fathers, a proposed short that imagines a world without HIV in which gay men were not decimated in the '80s, and in which we have not only a gay president but gay elders like Keith Haring, 59; Rock Hudson, 91; and Freddie Mercury, 70.

From a press release:

Leo Herrera, Mexican gay artist/advocate announced his latest work “Fathers,” a short film and exhibit slated for release in 2017 by kicking off fundraising efforts with the launch of the trailer for the film.

The 2-minute trailer brings awareness to World AIDS Day, gives the history of AIDS, pays tribute to many famous artists/activists and gives the world a taste of a film that Herrera hopes to fund through community support via tax deductible donations, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the GLBT Historical Society.

“What if Vito Russo ran for President? What if Mapplethorpe got into a Twitter feud with a Kardashian? What would David Wojnarowicz do about the gay executions in the Middle East? With Fathers, these are the questions I will explore with integrity, humor and history,” explained Herrera. “The tools we now have to combat HIV will give us the privilege of keeping our queer artists, but the injustices of AIDS should always live in our collective memory and more importantly in our imagination. It's the only way that we can find creative cures to the damage it caused to our culture and harness the power it gave our community to join against political forces that threatened our lives, now more than ever.”

The final project will be a “faux” documentary that Herrera describes as “HBO’s Looking meets Man in High Castle meets Beyonce’s Lemonade.” It will be produced along a team of collaborators, historians from the GLBT Historical Society, survivors, friends, lovers and family of the men featured. It will be filmed in San Francisco, New Orleans and New York. To research the political storylines for Fathers, Herrera worked on a New York art collective with Act-Up legend Avram Finkelstein (of Silence=Death campaign), and then as a campaign manager to successfully elect an LGBT activist to public office in San Francisco.

Keep reading for the trailer, and donate here ...

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6-PACK —Abs-Olutely No Regrets + Twitter Titters + Royal Test + Trump's Chumps + V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N In The Hummertime + Bradley Cooper, Breeder! Comments (0)
 

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WIDGETABOVE: Steve Peña shows you his ... abs-a.

WIDGET100 hysterically funny tweets. I LOLed dozens of times.

WIDGETPrince Harry & Rihanna take HIV tests on World AIDS Day to destigmatize the virus.

WIDGETVia Joe.My.God.: Trump voters are full-on stupid. See above.

WIDGETDominic Thiem posts vacay pics with hot dudes. “Is one of them your special guy?”

WIDGETBradley Cooper is having a baby with Irina Shayk. She's carrying it. It'll have Mom's cheekbones and Dad's beard.

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In Honor Of World AIDS Day: Tom Andersen's YARD SALE Comments (0)

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I've posted this in previous years, too, but it's always worth watching/hearing again ...

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A Pill, A Promise: On PrEP Comments (0)

Joseph Osmundson writes extensively about PrEP — his personal experience — for this week's Village Voice. Osmundson_NonfictionLike so many great essays, it's not 100% about the thing you think it's about, and there are going to be passages that most gay men will recognize.

On how AIDS has always informed his sexuality:

My generation of gay men came after the plague but before the pill. What I knew was that fifty thousand people died in the U.S. in 1995. I was thirteen. What I knew was that sex kills, that no pleasure is ever free of worry, of death. The first thing I learned about sex was Kaposi's sarcoma lesions, gaunt thirty-two-year-olds on TV. I became a gay man and a scientist with a background in microbiology and biochemistry. Viruses have always fascinated me for being so complex and yet so simple, for being so deadly with so few genes.

On the tendency to have condomless sex as soon as you're in something like a relationship:

We'd been having unprotected sex for a year. I've always had unprotected sex with my boyfriends, a sign that we cared for each other, that we had built something like trust. I insisted on couples trips to the free clinic after three months of monogamy. I loved this man in part because his sex seemed so free, so out of my control. I begged him not to put me at risk. I told him my body was in his hands. He looked me in the eye and said I could trust him. I did trust him. After I caught him cheating, we used condoms. I got tested. He said that he never had raw sex with anyone but me, that it was an intimacy I alone had earned. I believed he was telling the truth. I trusted that he only cheated safely.

Read more at the Voice.

 
World AIDS Day Today: Riskiest Places For HIV Comments (0)

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The riskiest places in the U.S. when it comes to HIV — an interesting map. I'm willing to bet most would think California would have been riskier than Texas or Florida.

You can get HIV anywhere, depending on what you're doing, with whom you're doing it, if you're on PrEP, if you're using condoms and pure luck, but the map is nonetheless a sobering reminder of that fact:

The Top 10 Riskiest Cities for HIV
(Rank - City - New Diagnoses per 100,000) 

  1. Baton Rouge, LA - 44.7
  2. Miami - 42.8
  3. New Orleans - 36.9
  4. Jackson, MS - 32.2
  5. Orlando, FL - 28.8
  6. Memphis, TN - 27.6
  7. Atlanta - 25.9
  8. Columbia, SC - 25.6
  9. Jacksonville, FL - 25.1
  10. Baltimore - 24.3 
 
Nov 29 2016
Great Holiday Gift Idea! Comments (0)

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For the gay who has everything!

 
Nov 23 2016
6-PACK — As Is + Holiday Gift With A Conscience + Elton John NOT Playing For Trump + Trump Sells $149 Ornament + Someone's Got Breitbart's Number + Movie Actress Re-Emerges! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureCheck out this (Work Unfriendly) series of images of nude men with an emphasis on reality, diversity.

*widget boy cultureA useful, cheap, stylish gift that also helps with HIV/AIDS awareness.

*widget boy cultureAnthony Scaramucci is full of shit — Elton John is not playing Trump's inauguration.

*widget boy culturePROSTITUTING THE PRESIDENCY: Trump hawking $149 MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN ornament.

*widget boy cultureAppNexus, Inc., drops Breitbart as hate speech.

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*widget boy cultureAFTER THE JUMP: '40s film noir & comedy actress Meg Randall re-emerges in spunky Subaru commercial:

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Nov 16 2016
The More You Know: At-Home STD Testing Service Comments (0)

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Video interviews explore why people resist getting tested for HIV or other STIs, a big issue as formerly easy-to-fix diseases become drug-resistant ...

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