314 posts categorized "AIDS"

Dec 01 2014
PrEP Talk: Treatment = Prevention Comments (0)

Cleve-Jones

Cleve Jones is featured in the Showtime documentary (airing tonight) called The Last One, about the rise of HIV infections. He wades into the PrEP conversation with comments underscoring the importance of prevention by any means available:

“There is kind of a controversy going on in the community right now around the issue of pre-exposure prophylaxis. Of course the slogan from my generation was that Silence = Death. I think the slogan today needs to be that Treatment =  Prevention. The researchers that I’m in touch with, and I still speak with some of them, tell me that a vaccine and a cure are still years away. But we do know that people were successfully treated, people who are HIV+ are being successfully treated are very unlikely to transmit the disease. Now we know that uninfected individuals by taking one pill a day can prevent themselves from being infected. Now there’s a controversy about this.

“People are speaking in very harsh terms about young people and criticizing them for being irresponsible. There’s a lot of finger wagging, shaming and blaming going on. I wish it would stop. My message to young people and what I think everybody should be saying to these young people is that we love them. That they are beautiful. That their lives matter. That their lives have value. That the choices they make are important. We’re talking about a population that does not need to be further put down. We’re talking about a group of people who need to be raised up and shown as much as possible the promise that we’ve seen when we look at them.”

 
And The Beat Goes On: Jimmy Somerville On His New Disco HOMAGE Comments (0)

Jimmy-Somerville

The history of gay pop music can’t be written without Jimmy Somerville, whose piercing falsetto gave ‘80s band Bronski Beat’s first album its visceral punch and aching vulnerability. His later project, The Communards, saw even more success with a cheeky cover of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, continuing Jimmy’s association with disco; he has since put his stamp on a number of bona fide classics from the era.

Jimmy-SomervilleAs an out solo artist, Jimmy has released consistently life-affirming, dancefloor-ready, politically aware music. Most uniquely, his sexuality has been a part of his musical DNA for 30 years.

After a break in recording of several years, he’s back with Homage, a disco album so authentic it could be pressed on a white label and dumped in a used record store and no one would ever guess the mystery artist worked his magic in 2014 rather than 1978.

Speaking with Jimmy recently, I got him to talk about The Village People, Donna Summer, his vocal cords and more.

Check out my interview with Jimmy after the jump.

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They Can Run, But They Can't Hide Comments (0)
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Check out the shots in the gallery above from past Santa Skivvies Runs, then click here for more. This year's run—the sixth annual—takes place December 6!

 
Today Is World AIDS Day Comments (0)

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Remember those who are suffering with AIDS to this day internationally, and resolve to do what you can to halt the spread of HIV and to make living with HIV easier and easier.

 
My Lovely Assistant: INTERVIEW Gets Madge-ical With Topless Madonna & David Blaine Comments (0)
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See all the shots in the gallery above!

Madonna has co-created another memorable cover and spread for Interview, this time with her most recent photographers of choice, Mert and Marcus.

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In a series of images for the venerable magazine's “Art Issue,” she is serving attitudinous trout pout, a full helping of boobs, and the kind of daring that involves snakes, crosses, and sitting too close to the TV (which can cause cancer...move back! screams everyone's mom).

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Touches of the Like a Prayer era as well as the “Hollywood” video, but otherwise, it's a really fresh, bold shoot and look for her.

She tells the mag:

“We’re in the world of creating illusions and giving people the ability to dream and be inspired.”

Her interviewer? Publicity-whisperer magician David Blaine.

Madonna-Interview-7One of my favorites—it's so New Wave!

Madonna also brings up her roommate Martin Burgoyne, who died of AIDS, as well as the artists Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat (an ex) and Andy Warhol, all of whom she has survived by many years:

“I was attracted to creative people. You don't want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room. You want to be surrounded by other thinking people who are going to say something that makes you think, 'Oh, my God, that's an amazing idea. Why didn't I think of that?' And somehow we found each other in Manhattan. That's the crazy thing. We found each other and we connected to each other and we moved around the city together. They supported my shows. I supported their shows. We were a unit. And I don't even know how it happened. It just did.”

It's a fantastic interview to match the great portfolio. The magazine describes her thirteenth studio album as coming in 2015; no word yet on whether all the leaks in recent days will affect that.

 
Nov 30 2014
Need To Know: REBEL, REBEL + RAGING Gyllenhaal + Don't Masc, Don't Tell + World AIDS Daydream: No New HIV Cases + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureABC implies Madonna's song leaks may be on purpose.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's manager asserts the leaks are not on purpose.

*widget boy culturePop Justice likes the leaks.

*widget boy cultureJake Gyllenhaal goes full Raging Bull for new role.

*widget boy cultureGirl, you need this before you hit Grindr again.

*widget boy cultureStill more info on Shia LaBeouf's alleged rape.

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*widget boy cultureDJ Konai remix of “Let It Go” by Dragonette.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama on World AIDS Day.

*widget boy cultureSF leaders have a plan to cut HIV infections to ZERO.

*widget boy cultureThis kid should go on tour with instead of Mariah.

*widget boy cultureAmy Poehler & Tina Fey are back to rule the Golden Globes.

*widget boy culturePutin's pal Mickey Rourke boxed in Russia.

*widget boy cultureGOP bombs out on tech charm offensive.

*widget boy cultureThis one word saved former Officer Darren Wilson from prison?

*widget boy cultureGuys, even law-and-order harpy Nancy Grace doesn't believe Wilson: 

 
Nov 14 2014
A Dose Of Common Sense Comments (0)

Quinto

Zachary Quinto has written a personal response regarding the backlash his Out Magazine comments on PrEP and HIV received. I don't see what the uproar is about—it's as if being cautious and measured and thoughtful is the new sin.

 
Nov 12 2014
Need To Know: Photoshop 'Til Kim Drops + REAL Tragedy + The Madonna Movie + Democratic Sell-Out + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureKim Kardashian and Jean-Paul Goude openly troll the Internet with her giant ass.

*widget boy cultureThe Real World's Pedro Zamora, 20 years after his death.

*widget boy cultureMariah's Singpore trip more entertaining than her voice!

*widget boy culturePhysical Attraction, a new movie with “Madonna” as muse.

*widget boy cultureHOT, hulking lumbersexuals.

*widget boy cultureWhat's attached to Nick Jonas's pelvis?

*widget boy cultureSen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the worst Democrat ever.

*widget boy cultureSouth Carolina's same-sex marriage ban struck down. Official state anthem: