Mark S. King
My Fabulous Disease
How HIV Activists Helped Create the Jeff Flake Elevator Moment
October 12, 2018
Very little happens by accident. The most iconic moments in HIV/AIDS activism -- the appearance of the early SILENCE=DEATH meme, the footage of AIDS activist Peter Staley being peeled from a building during a protest, the photos of Sen. Jesse Helms' home wrapped in an enormous condom -- were the product of weeks of careful planning and design.
AIDS2020 Will Welcome All the Right People to the USA. What a Travesty.
September 27, 2018
It is every bit as absurd as it sounds. The International AIDS Society (IAS) plans to hold their global AIDS2020 conference in San Francisco -- an insanely expensive and privileged city located in a country that has become dangerously inhospitable to the very populations the IAS claims to serve.
Five Takeaways From the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS
September 12, 2018
The 2018 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the HIV advocacy, education and networking behemoth produced by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), is the benevolent and wealthy grandfather of the HIV conference scene. We adore him sincerely, we marvel at his station in the world and the fortitude that got him there, and we tread carefully. And sometimes, to our delight or to our chagrin, Grandpa does the damnedest things.
Candidate Kevin Mack Includes Life With HIV in Maryland Campaign
June 18, 2018
The garden party fundraising event last month in Montgomery County, Maryland, had all the usual markers of a political candidate on the rise. Well-dressed children frolicked on the lawn of the stately home while guests helped themselves to finger foods and glasses of wine. Several elected officials made appearances. There was even an iconic Olympic athlete in attendance, good-naturedly taking selfies with fans.
Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS Speak Up About Their Legacy
June 1, 2018
Just in time for the annual HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day on June 5, The Reunion Project has released a new video in which people who have lived with HIV for decades discuss their legacy. It's quite a remarkable thing, to watch a parade of faces filled with history as they consider what they have accomplished since the pandemic began.
Honoring My Older Gay Brother on 'LGBT Elders Day'
May 18, 2018
It's no surprise to me that the two causes I am most passionate about, HIV and addiction -- the two issues that drive my activism -- are both things that my older brother, Richard "Dick" King, cared about first. He showed me the way.
Revered AIDS Doctor Gabriel Torres: Redemption After Meth Addiction
May 8, 2018
The article appeared in New York Magazine in 2008. I remember it quite distinctly. Titled "Another AIDS Casualty" and written by David France, the profile of once-famous New York AIDS physician Dr. Ramon "Gabriel" Torres was a heart-wrenching read.
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.)
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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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.
September 12, 2018 - Five Takeaways From the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS
June 18, 2018 - Candidate Kevin Mack Includes Life With HIV in Maryland Campaign
June 1, 2018 - Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS Speak Up About Their Legacy
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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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