Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
The Visual AIDS Web Gallery: Proud to Be Positive
June 15, 2015
June is Pride Month in the LGBT community, and I was honored to be asked by Visual AIDS to curate a "Web Gallery" on the topic. Immediately, I considered a question that I had once posed to readers of my blog.
The Odds of Love
May 27, 2015
This post will never be as romantic as I would like it to be. And it could never be as romantic as the truth.
AHF Reinstates Advocacy Funding and They Totally Mean It This Time
April 21, 2015
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has quietly reinstated funding to a Louisiana AIDS advocacy event, two weeks after pulling their support because one of its organizers is involved in a whistleblower lawsuit against AHF. And they really mean it this time -- and would prefer that we believe the withdrawal of support never happened.
Did AIDS Healthcare Foundation Just Retaliate Against Whistleblower?
April 13, 2015
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation scandal has taken a downright creepy turn.
The Angry Fallout From the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Scandal
April 9, 2015
Michael Weinstein, the polarizing and famously litigious head of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) just got a taste of his own medicine when a stunning Whistleblower lawsuit against AHF filed last year was unsealed and made public.
The First Man Cured of HIV to Join the HIV Cruise Retreat
February 23, 2015
The annual HIV Cruise Retreat, commonly referred to as "The Poz Cruise," will set sail this November 8-15 aboard the Ruby Princess, departing Los Angeles and cruising the Mexican Riviera cities of Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.
Our Transgender Teachable Moment
February 3, 2015
The lobby of the Melbourne convention center at the international AIDS conference last July was packed with scientists, community educators, and activists. I was busy wrangling interviews for my daily video blogs.
My Gonorrhea Nostalgia
January 13, 2015
The first time I contracted gonorrhea, which in my day was affectionately called The Clap, I was 20 years old and had just moved to West Hollywood, California. It was 1981, disco was still thumping in the bars, and the bath houses were packed. My dance card was filled.
The Disguised Blessings of HIV-Positive Poet Mary Bowman
January 13, 2015
When Mary E. Bowman stepped to the stage five years ago at SpitDat, an open mic night in Washington, D.C., she was 20 years old and terrified. She was about to perform "Dandelions," her first poem to reveal a secret that her own family had long kept quiet: that Mary had lived with HIV since birth, the result of a mother addicted to drugs who died when Mary was only three.
15 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2015
January 6, 2015
They come from different cultures and regions of the world, but these fifteen HIV activists all share one important trait: a fierce devotion to HIV issues and a commitment to leave their mark on 2015.
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.
Speaking engagements: Mark King is available to speak to groups. Contact Mark about speaking at your organization or event!
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September 22, 2016 - My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea and Advocacy: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
September 19, 2016 - Pregnant Guest Kicked Out of 'Charm Ball' Over Protest Fears: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
September 15, 2016 - Catching Up With Chase Brexton's 'Fired Five': A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
September 13, 2016 - What It Feels Like for a Mom: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
August 16, 2016 - The Human Toll of Chase Brexton's Union-Busting Efforts: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
Interviews With Mark:
Mark King Looks Back at the AIDS Epidemic's Darkest Hour in the U.S. (May 14, 2008)
Articles by Mark:
Meth Burial (May 2008)
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