Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
Catching Up With Chase Brexton's 'Fired Five'
September 15, 2016
The five managers who were abruptly fired last month without notice by Chase Brexton, Baltimore's largest healthcare provider to the city's most vulnerable populations, met for lunch earlier this week. It was the first in-person meeting of the group since their dismissal in early August.
What It Feels Like for a Mom
September 13, 2016
My mother, Anne King, turns 90 this month. This story is my tribute.
The Human Toll of Chase Brexton's Union-Busting Efforts
August 16, 2016
Jill Crank misses her patients terribly. And she is worried about them.
When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings
August 2, 2016
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a very touchy organization, most especially when it comes to the Olympic rings. They guard their trademark jealously and litigiously, commonly suing anyone who dares to approximate the iconic rings for their own purposes. Even local street vendors during the Games have been shut down for violating copyright. Anthony Braswell wasn't thinking about that when he and a co-worker came up with a dangerous idea.
Gay Collective: 'The Virus Divides. It Doesn't Have To.'
July 7, 2016
In a cramped meeting room in New York City on May 27, 2016, a dozen gay men, HIV positive and negative alike, came together to answer a vexing question: How do gay men bridge a divide that has been forged through decades of HIV stigma, distrust, and mutual blame? Or, at the very least, what might be done to start a conversation about the divide and begin to heal the wounds?
There's More Room in a Broken Heart
June 7, 2016
When Will Armstrong emerges from heart surgery in just a few days, he will have weeks of hospitalization ahead. He will also have expensive new hardware in his chest and a devoted animal waiting anxiously at home.
Surviving Life Itself: Reflections of a Longtime Survivor
June 5, 2016
"I know someone who died," she says in the hushed tone reserved for tales of mortality. Her friend looks up from his phone. "He was a good friend of my brother," she goes on. "He was killed in a motorcycle accident a few months ago. It was just awful." As her friend offers words of comfort, my own thoughts produce a rueful smile and a nagging question.
Checking Privilege at 'HIV Is Not a Crime' 2016
June 2, 2016
The issues of race, gender and privilege crackled through the recent HIV Is Not a Crime (II) conference like a live wire, throwing sparks at every turn. From the main stage to the hallways, attendees called out white classism, the utter failure of the criminal justice system (unless its purpose is solely to imprison black men), and what it truly means to be an ally of marginalized communities.
The Nearly Naked AIDS Advocate
May 22, 2016
When Benjamin "Ben" Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time -- ancient for a beginning dancer -- and by his own admission, was "just awful" for the first few years of classes. And nothing about his vocation as a writer specializing in the science of HIV suggested that Gene Kelly was trapped inside.
Into the Desert, After the Bomb
May 12, 2016
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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December 28, 2017 - amfAR Chair Kenneth Cole Must Be Replaced. Here's Five Suggestions. A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
November 28, 2017 - The World AIDS Day Anthem We Really Need Has Just Arrived: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
November 21, 2017 - Antron Reshaud Olukayode Died of AIDS. We Must Say It.
November 13, 2017 - BPM (Beats Per Minute) is the Sexiest Damn Film of 2017. Period. A Blog Entry by Mark S. King
November 6, 2017 - This HIV Survivor Quit Smoking to Vape. Don't Judge. 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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