Articles tagged with: My Fabulous Disease

The true love story behind Larry Kramer’s novel ‘Faggots’

published: June, 21, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King with a fascinating glimpse of activist icon Larry Kramer's softer side.

The true love story behind Larry Kramer’s novel ‘Faggots’

Larry Kramer, Kelsey Louie of GMHC, Mark S. King, and Larry’s husband, David Webster. (Photo: Nathan Perkel) The new POZ Magazine feature article, “Finding Larry Kramer,” tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the iconic activist found his way back to GMHC nearly thirty years after the organization kicked him out for being such a pain in the ass. It is an intimate look at an American hero and lion in winter. I had the pleasure of writing the story, which meant meeting both Larry an

The sound of stigma

published: April, 18, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

On treatiing each other badly, Mark S. King says "Today, our attitudes about HIV and other gay men range from self-righteousness to outright contempt." Powerful stuff!.

 The sound of stigma

Stigma is insidiously quiet. It is conjured in the mind, born of discomfort and fear, and then it is projected at “the other” among us. It judges them and isolates them. And it happens without a sound.  Stigma lets us take comfort in seeing things in others about which, we believe, they must be ashamed. It is a lazy way to feel better about ourselves—and therefore a popular human activity—and gay men are remarkably good at it. So many of us survive childhood taunts that by the time w

I Watched Charlie Sheen on The Dr. Oz Show So You Don't Have To

published: January, 22, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S King on the crazy on-off-on HIV treatment history of our least favourite HIV poster boy Charlie Sheen . . “might be the worst thing to ever happen to AIDS cure research, or at least the most irresponsible reporting about it.”

I Watched Charlie Sheen on The Dr. Oz Show So You Don't Have To

Dr. Oz has a very strange verbal compulsion. He can't stop making lame metaphors.  When taking an early morning jog with Charlie Sheen, in the first of their two-part interview for The Dr. Oz Show, the doctor sees metaphors everywhere. "You have to look down so you don't see how steep the hill is," he says as they putter upwards. "It's sort of like life, isn't it?" Descending the hill sparks another metaphoric burst from the talk show physician.  "It's always easier going downhill," he say

Five things I learned aboard the Poz Cruise

published: December, 30, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Travel, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King "Each year, several hundred people living with HIV – primarily gay men, with a happy sprinkling of straight women and our supporters – embark on the HIV Cruise Retreat (“The Poz Cruise”) for a week of fun and frolic on the high seas. "

Five things I learned aboard the Poz Cruise

The event started with a group of HIV positive friends and has grown enormously over more than a dozen years. The week is organized by one travel agent and a team of dedicated volunteers (and that includes me as one of the hosts and MC).  The days and nights are packed with exclusive shore excursions, private parties and all the perks of being aboard a large passenger ship — but nothing can compete with the freedom of making new friends without fearing HIV disclosure or stigma.  Here are

The My Fabulous Disease Holiday Spectacular!

published: December, 24, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S King with a healthy dose of holiday humour and his favourite video ever.

The My Fabulous Disease Holiday Spectacular!

7(I can’t resist posting this each Holiday Season. The video below is my very favorite, of the more than 70 I have produced over the years. Enjoy!)  My mother’s home here in Shreveport, Louisiana, was fraught with excitement last week. Christmas decorations littered the living room, the almond scent of cookies filled the air, and last minute phone calls and arrangements made it all feel like a major production was underway. And there was. The event that had everyone scrambling was held

How do we solve a problem like Pintauro?

published: October, 15, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Television, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on the shaky coming out of poz guy Danny Pintauro from TV’s “Who’s the Boss?”

How do we solve a problem like Pintauro?

My discomfort began as I sat in front of my web cam, waiting to join Danny Pintauro in a segment on Huffington Post Live. Danny had recently announced on an Oprah special that he was living with HIV, which was big news for fans of “Who’s the Boss?” and those who loved the precocious little boy Danny played. Before my virtual entrance, Danny was telling host Nancy Redd how he was infected with HIV.  He wanted to explore “rougher sides” of his sexuality, he explained. And wouldn’t

Recovering from meth, rebuilding a sex life

published: October, 08, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on his climb back from the brink and a new book about the nature of addiction and the stubborn link between crystal meth and sexual compulsion

Recovering from meth, rebuilding a sex life

For more than a decade I was an active crystal meth addict. They were the darkest years of my life. I suffered numerous relapses as I struggled to get clean, and my woeful journey back to crystal meth was always the same. First, small changes crept into my behavior; not about crystal meth precisely, but vaguely related habits that had once accompanied my active drug use would begin entering my routine again.  A return to the gym and a shallow fixation on my body. An abandoned cigarette habi

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

published: September, 29, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Features and Interviews, International , Mark S. King

Mark S King says “When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, . . we adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones.”

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, she didn’t just have gay hearts aflutter over our love for pageant competitions. We adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones. When she won, she made good on her promise to bring HIV issues to an audience that wasn’t used to Miss America hanging out with dying gay men or performing condom demonstrations. My interview with the groundbre

The wonderful, stigma-bashing ‘Wizards of Poz’

published: September, 01, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King with a clever/funny Australian anti-stigma campaign that borrows on iconic images from “The Wizard of Oz" for messages of poz empowerment

The wonderful, stigma-bashing ‘Wizards of Poz’

Any campaign that blends living with HIV with a sense of empowerment and joy always grabs my attention. Stigma remains one of the most damaging forces in our struggle to both combat new infections and support those of us with the virus.  Australian Nic Holas 33, co-created the social and advocacy platform for people living with HIV, The Institute of Many (TIM) only weeks after he tested HIV positive in 2012, and it nurtures exactly the kind of peer support that so many advocates find the mos

The angry fallout from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Scandal

published: April, 14, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Mark S. King

AHF has become infamous for its relentless defence of condoms and hugely unpopular opposition to PrEP. Now allegations of kickbacks have further scarred the LA AIDS service organization/clinic operator’s reputation. Mark. S. King reports.

The angry fallout from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Scandal

Michael Weinstein, the polarizing and famously litigious head of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) just got a taste of his own medicine when a stunning Whistleblower lawsuit against AHF filed last year was unsealed and made public.  The 34-page suit, brought by three former staffers who claim they were fired when they raised questions of financial impropriety, charges the agency with ten counts of defrauding the government, conspiracy, and a “multi-State kickback scheme” to maintain servi

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