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Mar 15 2016
There's Nothing To It: Get TriBeCa Tix For STRIKE A POSE Comments (0)

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The much-anticipated documentary Strike a Pose will play the TriBeCa Film Festival in April! Check out the info here, and visit the site for tickets starting March 29.

The film catches us up on the lives and careers of the dancers from Madonna's legendary Blond Ambition World Tour.

Nancy Reagan Didn't Say This Comments (0)

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I blogged earlier about how the Reagans did not laugh at an AIDS joke told on TV by Bob Hope. Now comes evidence from Snopes that Nancy Reagan never uttered the above quote, attributed to her for about the past 20 years.

She may have thought it, but she didn't say it in an interview in the Globe in 1981, or in any other known interview, and it certainly was not in her memoir.

Mar 13 2016
Hillary Clinton's Full Apology For Her Reagans/AIDS Gaffe Comments (0)

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Hillary Clinton, in a long post at Medium, has abjectly apologized for her egregious error in misstating the Reagans' legacy as it pertains to AIDS.

She wrote, in part:

I made a mistake, plain and simple.

I want to use this opportunity to talk not only about where we’ve come from, but where we must go in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

To be clear, the Reagans did not start a national conversation about HIV and AIDS. That distinction belongs to generations of brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, along with straight allies, who started not just a conversation but a movement that continues to this day.

The AIDS crisis in America began as a quiet, deadly epidemic. Because of discrimination and disregard, it remained that way for far too long. When many in positions of power turned a blind eye, it was groups like ACT UP, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and others that came forward to shatter the silence — because as they reminded us again and again, Silence = Death. They organized and marched, held die-ins on the steps of city halls and vigils in the streets. They fought alongside a few courageous voices in Washington, like U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, who spoke out from the floor of Congress.

Then there were all the people whose names we don’t often hear today — the unsung heroes who fought on the front lines of the crisis, from hospital wards and bedsides, some with their last breath. Slowly, too slowly, ignorance was crowded out by information. People who had once closed their eyes opened their hearts.

If not for those advocates, activists, and ordinary, heroic people, we would not be where we are in preventing and treating HIV and AIDS. Their courage — and their refusal to accept silence as the status quo — saved lives.

She also spends time laying out her record and her plans for the future on the topic:

For the first time, an AIDS-free generation is in sight. As president, I promise you that I will not let up until we reach that goal. We will not leave anyone behind.

After the jump, an I think reasonable assessment of the episode, and advice on how to process it and move forward. It's certainly wiser than the 20+ Hillary-in-prison memes that greeted one of my Facebook posts ...

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Mar 12 2016
6-PACK — Trump Rally Chaos + Breitbart Spokesman Resigns + Hillary's Full Record On HIV/AIDS + Caitlyn Calls Hillary An Effing Liar (What Would Kris Say Of Caitlyn?) + 17-Year-Olds Free To Feel The Bern + Birthday Boy! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTrump rally in Chicago ends in chaos.

*widget boy cultureBreitbart spokesman resigns amid Trump campaign manager assault allegations.

*widget boy cultureHillary's record on HIV/AIDS should save her from being burned at the stake.

*widget boy cultureCaitlyn thinks Hillary's “a fucking liar,” Trump would be “very good for women's issues.”

*widget boy culture17-year-olds get last-minute right to vote in primaries in Ohio.

*widget boy cultureWell, happy birthday, Casey Jackson!

Mar 11 2016
Hillary's AIDS Gaffe Upstages Nancy Reagan's Funeral Comments (0)

Thank god I'm not a single issue voter, or she would have lost my vote with this insulting and farcical view of early...

Posted by Peter Staley on Friday, March 11, 2016

Speaking at Nancy Reagan's funeral, Hillary Clinton—out of nowhere—credited Ronald and Nancy Reagan with helping to start a conversation about AIDS. It was an WTF? moment that nearly every liberal listening recognized as balderdash.

To her credit, Hillary immediately apologized:

It's true that Nancy provided some valuable support to the stem-cell research battle (and it's lame to argue she did it selfishly; many people only get on board with issues once they've experienced them), but where Hillary got the inkling that the Reagans were big on AIDS is beyond me. It's very odd; Hillary was in the White House just two presidents later!

I think it's right to point out how wrong the statement is, but anyone deciding this means Hillary is lousy on AIDS or—here we go again, insincere—is just looking for reasons to think those things. What she is is a former first lady speaking at the funeral of another former first lady, one whose ideas about life couldn't be much further from her own. She was attempting to be gracious, and overreached.

If she'd doubled down, it would be troubling. An immediate apology should be good enough.

It Shouldn't Be In VOGUE To Whitewash The Reagans' Destructive Legacy Comments (0)

Nancy_reagan_94th_birthday_mgnNancy Reagan at her recent final birthday (Image via Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation/MGN)

Teen Vogue—of all places—gets it absolutely right on Nancy Reagan (and her husband's) true legacy, especially as it pertains to AIDS.

Mar 05 2016
6-PACK — Patient Zero Sense + Rupert Murdoch Out-FOXed By Jerry Hall + PRINCE OF TIDES Author Dies + Bernie Bouncing Back Today + GOP Is Disintegrating + Donald Trump Is David Duke! Comments (0)

Photo-exhibition-OB2222-lgACT UP San Francisco flyer (Image via San Francisco/Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society)

*widget boy cultureGaétan Dugas wasn't even close to Patient Zero—HIV first hit NYC around 1970.

*widget boy cultureFOX villain Rupert Murdoch weds clever groupie Jerry Hall.

*widget boy cultureThe Prince of Tides, The Great Santini author Pat Conroy dies @ 70.

Tumblr_inline_mpzpeavapL1qz4rgpBarbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides (GIF via Columbia Pictures)

*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders will definitely have a better Sorta-Super Saturday than Super Tuesday.

*widget boy cultureAngry white people rebelling against the GOP; are we witnessing history?

*widget boy cultureDon't kid yourself—Donald Trump agrees with David Duke on race.

This is how #Trump supporters treat little girls with a difference of opinion in #Kentucky.{Cusp of #Anarchy}

Posted by The VitaminQ on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Mar 04 2016

The (anonymous) man who became the first known to contract HIV in spite of using PrEP has opened up about his experience on the drug—and says he regrets nothing except his bad luck with the person who infected him.

He says:

The more we know, the better we’re prepared. PrEP’s a calculated risk. It’s important for people to know that there is the possibility as opposed to the fantasy that there have been no recorded infections on PrEP. At least now there is one, so it makes it more real. And I tell people, ‘It didn’t work for me, but I still think it’s great.’ If I had to do it all over again, I would still go on PrEP. I just wouldn’t have sex with that specific person.

The man admits that being on PrEP created such a sense of protection due to the low odds of HIV infection that he stopped using condoms, becoming so accustomed to sex without them that if someone on a hook-up app requested condoms, he would call off the encounter.

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