Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
The Sound of Stigma
April 12, 2016
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.
AHF Offers Loans to Louisiana Agencies They Are Suing!
April 8, 2016
In a bizarre press release issued by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the $1 billion dollar agency has offered "no interest loans" to assist Baton Rouge HIV non-profits who are suffering financially as a result of being sued by AHF. Yes, their circular logic is exactly that absurd.
Louisiana HIV Agencies Respond to 'Shocking' AHF Lawsuit
April 6, 2016
In a profoundly troubling lawsuit against the City of Baton Rouge and local HIV/AIDS non-profits, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has forced federal funds to be withheld while AHF continues their litigious temper tantrum over not receiving a Ryan White Care Act grant award they requested. The vindictive action poses a real and present danger to services being provided to people with HIV in the area.
The Challenging Web Series That Travels From 'Unsure' to 'Positive'
March 17, 2016
In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening Web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran's journey in the six-episode first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain -- shame, disclosure, sex and drugs -- and many HIV positive guys and our friends will identify with it.
I Discovered My Brother Was Gay From The Advocate Magazine
March 8, 2016
It was 1975 and I was 14 years old, all gangly limbs and stubborn acne, and I was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car. Splayed across my lap was the magazine, open to the page my companion had selected. I was staring at the photo with something like revelation.
I Watched Charlie Sheen on The Dr. Oz Show so You Don't Have To
January 13, 2016
Dr. Oz has a very strange verbal compulsion. He can't stop making lame metaphors.
The Man Who Buried Them Remembers
January 12, 2016
When he conducted the funerals, Tom Bonderenko tells me, he always wore his priestly garments and white stole. Even when no one showed up for the graveside service.
16 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2016
January 6, 2016
They come from nearly every corner of the world. They are engaged in local communities and on the international scene. They include mothers, artists, a fugitive, a performer, and a drug smuggler. They are speaking out, acting up, and in some cases risking their personal safety and liberty.
Five Things I Learned Aboard the Poz Cruise
December 21, 2015
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. 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 Charlie Sheen Moment You Probably Missed
November 19, 2015
The subtle moment came during the second segment of Matt Lauer's explosive interview with actor Charlie Sheen. It impressed me so deeply I actually backed up my recording and watched it twice more.
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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