My Fabulous Disease
The "My Fabulous Disease" Holiday Spectacular!
"The King Family"
When I was young, I remember watching "The King Family" on television, a big happy bunch that sang really well and wore lots of matching outfits. I was starstruck, and always wondered if that King family might bear any relation to mine. And if they didn't, would they let me come be on their show anyway?
Well, today, I'm proud of my own family for displaying our dubious talents, and by going a big step further by discussing the importance of supporting those of us living with HIV/AIDS. For far too many, the difficulty in disclosing our status -- or the result of doing so -- has distanced them from the people they need most during times of challenge. Whatever the reason, if you need to feel a little family warmth and acceptance during this holiday season, by all means, check out the video.
The Holiday Spectacular includes some family greetings, a cooking segment with Mom (you'll want that divine almond scent wafting through your home, too), a little philosophical drag, a surprise here and there, and even an appearance by the big man himself, Santa Claus.
You may remember my mother from "What it Feels Like for a Mom," a surprisingly candid video interview she did for me on Mother's Day last year. You might also remember my gay brother Dick, who made an It Gets Better video with me. He was also one of the main subjects of the award winning "Once, When We Were Heroes" posting I made for World AIDS Day several years ago. But today, you're also going to meet sisters, nieces and in-laws who have special holiday greetings just for you.
Enjoy the holiday special, my friends. And as always, please be well.
p.s. As promised in the video, here is the recipe for Mom's Christmas Cookies. I'm certain they're fantastic for your T cells.
(Note: Mother uses a MIRRO Food Press, a device that must have been manufactured during the Eisenhower era, judging from the faded instruction manual she still keeps handy. I found one on E-Bay for you for less than four bucks, or you can use a more modern appliance, if you must. I don't guarantee the cookies will taste the same!)
Time: 10-12 minutes... Temp: 375F... Yield: 7 dozen
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tspn salt
1/4 tspn baking soda
1 tspn almond extract
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
Green food coloring
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Mark S. King has been an active AIDS activist, writer and community organization leader since the early 1980s in Los Angeles. He has been an outspoken advocate for prevention education and for issues important to those living with HIV.
Diagnosed in 1985, Mark has held positions with the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, AID Atlanta and AIDS Survival Project, and is an award-winning writer. He continues his volunteer work as an AIDS educator and speaker for conferences and events.
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Mark King Looks Back at the AIDS Epidemic's Darkest Hour in the U.S. (May 14, 2008)
This Month in HIV: Crystal Methamphetamine and HIV (August 2007)
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