Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
I Wrote 'The Truth About the 7,000.' Now What?
April 23, 2018
It began with a death and a lingering question. After a friend -- an advocate who knew what to do to stay alive -- died of an AIDS-related cause a few months ago, I was left wondering why. Together with other deaths in the news of people "unexpectedly" dying the same way, it felt like a tragic trend.
Name HIV Activists Fiercer Than the Positive Women's Network. I'll Wait.
April 20, 2018
You may have heard me sing the praises of The Positive Women's Network - USA (PWN) before, but until now I haven't had the opportunity to show you, up close and personal, why I believe they are the mightiest force of HIV advocacy in the country today. Now you can get a look for yourself.
amfAR Chair Kenneth Cole Must Be Replaced. Here's Five Suggestions.
December 28, 2017
The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has been rocked by a scandal this year that involves shoe fashion maven Kenneth Cole, who serves as amfAR Board Chair, and amfAR major donor Harvey Weinstein. (Yeah, that Harvey Weinstein. He's the gift that keeps on groping.)
The World AIDS Day Anthem We Really Need Has Just Arrived
November 28, 2017
Merce, the web series about a gay New Yorker living with HIV, is a little bonkers. The candy-colored musical comedy, written by and starring the singular Charles Sanchez, has "the low budget appeal of an early John Waters romp," as I wrote when season one hit your computer screens two years ago.
Antron Reshaud Olukayode Died of AIDS. We Must Say It.
November 21, 2017
This world lost a remarkable young man on November 12th, when Antron-Reshaud Olukayode, a 33-year-old HIV educator, writer, and performance artist from Atlanta died of AIDS. Antron lived with HIV for fifteen years. He died of AIDS. It is enormously important that we say that.
BPM (Beats Per Minute) is the Sexiest Damn Film of 2017. Period.
November 13, 2017
In the new film BPM (Beats per Minute), set in Paris in the early 1990s, ACT UP activists invade a high school to do what public health officials will not: dispense condoms and AIDS education to the students. Watching these renegade sex educators shout out guidelines for safe anal and vaginal intercourse to classrooms of wide-eyed teenagers is hilarious and subversively triumphant.
This HIV Survivor Quit Smoking to Vape. Don't Judge.
November 6, 2017
My years of smoking are much more likely to kill me than HIV. I suppose that's progress, and testament to how far we have come in my 32 years living with the virus. So why am I so defensive about my switch to vaping?
After Louie Film Review: An AIDS Survivor, Barely Surviving
October 23, 2017
Sam Cooper, a shell-shocked gay veteran of the 1980s, has invited Braeden, a much younger man, out for a hamburger after their sexual tryst. Braeden has been mindlessly chattering about his life and friends and how he negotiates casual sex outside his relationship. Hookups carry no more weight for Braeden than the phone he uses to find them.
Review: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Is Trans Film Noir
October 9, 2017
Victoria Cruz, a dogged crime-victim advocate in New York City, has taken on one last case before retirement. She wants to solve the mysterious 1992 death of Marsha P. Johnson -- a trans woman like Cruz herself -- who's body was pulled from the Hudson river after disappearing the evening before.
USCA Plenary Halted by Trans Activists
September 9, 2017
The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), celebrating thirty years of teaching practical skills to HIV service providers, found itself the target of old-school activism on Friday when transgender activists stopped the plenary program to voice their frustrations about being underrepresented by the organizations in attendance and by the conference itself.
My Fabulous Disease
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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November 16, 2018 - A Short Film for World AIDS Day Has Arrived. Watch It Right Now.
November 14, 2018 - The History of HIV/AIDS in One Astonishing Poem
October 22, 2018 - Thirty Years Later, AIDS Activists Who 'Seized Control' Discuss Their Legacy
October 12, 2018 - How HIV Activists Helped Create the Jeff Flake Elevator Moment
September 27, 2018 - AIDS2020 Will Welcome All the Right People to the USA. What a Travesty.
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Mark King Looks Back at the AIDS Epidemic's Darkest Hour in the U.S. (May 14, 2008)
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