Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
Bruce Richman Is Totally Hot and Other HIV Activism Truths
February 7, 2017
My friend Charles Sanchez is the creator of the musical web series Merce, about an HIV positive New Yorker. But enough about him. Charles and I constantly argue about which one of us has spoken to Bruce Richman most recently, and for how long. Bruce also lives in New York so Charles appears to have the upper hand, but I'm convinced my calls with Bruce are more intimate and consequential.
Examining Death, Including the One I Caused
January 25, 2017
My memorial service will be fabulous, I can assure you of that. I first outlined it during the initial, deadly wave of AIDS in the 1980s, and have edited it here and there over the years, updating the songs I would like played or the video footage shown.
Fighting Trump: HIV Advocates to Watch in 2017
January 10, 2017
Activists Maintain Pressure After Chase Brexton CEO Resigns
December 29, 2016
Five Reasons 'HIV Undetectable' Must Equal 'Untransmittable'
December 15, 2016
How wonderful that something many of us have assumed for years has been proven to be true. So now we can spread the news and encourage people with HIV to seek treatment and stick with it. And hey, there's nothing like a little intercourse a la natural with your partner to reward yourself for being undetectable, am I right?
New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization
December 8, 2016
The making of the new short documentary, HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination, began in exactly the right place: with people living with HIV themselves, and their personal stories of being prosecuted because of their HIV status.
The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy's Novel Christodora
November 28, 2016
In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows his terrain.
Sleeping With President Donald Trump
November 15, 2016
I am on my feet at the Thanksgiving table, and my fists are slamming into the linen napkins. Silverware is quaking, pottery is rattling. The force of a particularly hard blow to the tabletop sends a dinner roll catapulting from the bread basket.
Aboard the 2016 HIV Cruise Retreat
November 11, 2016
The spirit of the annual HIV Cruise Retreat (also known as "the Poz Cruise" but not associated with POZ Magazine) can be summed up in one enlightening story.
My Gay Love for Monster Movies
October 24, 2016
My first boyhood crush was on a dead man. He was a zombie named Quentin Collins, with eyes that pierced my pubescent gay soul and sideburns the size of the Florida peninsula. He stalked across my TV screen on weekday afternoons at precisely 3:30, when the series "Dark Shadows" introduced me to all manner of vampires, werewolves and ghouls in the early 1970s.
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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May 18, 2018 - Honoring My Older Gay Brother on 'LGBT Elders Day': A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
May 8, 2018 - Revered AIDS Doctor Gabriel Torres: Redemption After Meth Addiction
April 23, 2018 - I Wrote 'The Truth About the 7,000.' Now What?
April 20, 2018 - Name HIV Activists Fiercer Than the Positive Women's Network. I'll Wait.
December 28, 2017 - amfAR Chair Kenneth Cole Must Be Replaced. Here's Five Suggestions. A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
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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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