Articles tagged with: New York City (NYC)

When HIV is not your only battle

published: January, 08, 2018 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "I will not let fear stop me again from living my life."

When HIV is not your only battle

I wonder if I will finish this piece. Have you ever wondered when you are sad, if writing about it will help you find peace? I have, and it has been my experience that spending the time, effort and contemplation to express these feelings definitely helps. I’m not unfamiliar with sadness. Like every person with a chronic illness, I have my long dark nights when I feel like I’m wandering around, lost, in the dark. I am bipolar, so sadness can be a bit difficult to battle. Like I have ment

Stinky like a dead cat: the smell of freedom in Paris

published: January, 26, 2017 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Travel, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Matt Levine

Travel notes on his first vacation in a decade: Our San Francisco writer Matt Levine was a free man in Paris and he brought some of that back home with him.

Stinky like a dead cat: the smell of freedom in Paris

A month after my return from Paris a tangy, acrid smell hung over my apartment. A cross between a dead cat and dirty socks, it smelled vaguely familiar, mysterious. Opening the refrigerator, the aromatic culprit was exposed. Cheese, raw cheese, goat, sheep, cow brought home from my vacation. I’m an art fag, been one forever. But this 55-year old Gustave Courbet loving, Cezanne worshipper had never experienced the magic of Paris except for one day while changing trains in 1979. Like a show t

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

published: December, 13, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"I spent most of my time reading Christodora in a reverie, spellbound by its intimacy and its characters," says Mark S. King.

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy (below right) harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows his terrain. The book’s namesake is a century-old apartment building in New York City’s East Village, silently weathering the indignities of t

My 30th anniversary with HIV, my 55th birthday and my epiphany with Ursula

published: November, 29, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

NYC guy Félix Garmendía says, "Sometimes, we have to learn to let go of circumstances in life that are tying us down or causing us stress."

My 30th anniversary with HIV, my 55th birthday and my epiphany with Ursula

I saw her for the first time a few months ago. “Ursula” was to become a faithful companion and friend – who happens to be a plant. At the beginning I was confused as to whether it was a Corn plant or a Yucca plant but after posting pictures of Ursula on Facebook my friends and I concluded that Ursula was in fact a Yucca plant. I then hit the internet to learn how to care for my new found friend. All the tips emphasized that over-watering is the biggest mistake regarding Yucca plants so