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A couple of years ago, the author and director of the Academy Award-nominated How to Survive a Plague, David France, contacted me for his next project. We chatted a few times and then he arrived at my door with a complete film crew and research staff. He was going to spend the day filming me talking about my sister from Gay Liberation Front in New York, Marsha P. Johnson. Last week, France was kind enough to ask me to the Tribeca Film Festival for a showing of that film, now titled The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

Dissecting Trump’s Executive Order

It has certainly been a year of mind-bending presidential perversities. Donald Trump continued the farce in a morning Rose Garden ceremony last week to officially celebrate “National Prayer Day.” As a group of conservative religious leaders gathered to serve as his smug and satisfied background props, Trump triumphantly signed the “Religious Freedom” executive order of 2017. Even before the ink had dried, many in the LGBTQ community drew a sigh of relief that the order did not contain the same language as the discriminatory draft which had been widely leaked in the media back in February. Thankfully, it does not single out specific anti-LGBTQ protections for repeal. However, in a move which targets women in general and lower-income working women in particular, the order does open the door to allow companies to deny employees access to contraception – this is the name of granting “freedom” to religious people.

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Second Chance at Death

We all know how this ends.

Despite the avalanche of articles on aging with HIV or advice about how to avoid long-term side effects or even news of progress toward a cure, nothing will change the inevitable. None of us will get out of this alive.

Last December I attended the most moving, transcendent World AIDS Day program I’ve witnessed in years. That’s not saying much, of course. These evenings are usually well-meaning but maudlin, featuring tearful eulogies while we hold up candles that drip on our fingers and we revisit personal losses that I put to rest a longtime ago. Okay, clearly, I have issues with grief.

How many of you watched the ABC miniseries “When We Rise”? Not many, according to the ratings.

That might be due to several factors, among them the way the LGBT history series was promoted and its lukewarm reviews. My take is this:

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