Rememering Friends on World AIDS Day 2011

on a clear bright sunday morning on may 5, 1985, i moved from hoboken back to manhattan, after a tough breakup with my partner, george. i was 21. i was going to be roommates with my pal, jeff, who had a huge rent-controlled apartment in the west village. . my old college roommate, fred, was moving that day too, from brooklyn back to manhattan–a few blocks west of my new home. steve, the fellow i was dating, volunteered to help with our moves that day, driving the truck from u-haul and trudging up with us to the third floor walk-ups [...]

Girl Named Betty

The following piece was on the Gay Talk Radio show Feb 3, 2009 at 9 AM (PST). In the mid to late 1970’s I met a “cigar smoking” woman on the CB radio. But we ain’t talking your normal smoking tobacco if you know what I mean. For this story I’ll call her Darla. Back in those days I wasn’t so proud of my god given sexuality and I didn’t really notice Darla wanted more than just friendship. Her father was a city councilman and he mentioned me to the Chief of Police and I got an interview with the [...]

The 1980’s and AIDS

 The film Longtime Companion opened in 1989 at the Independent Feature Film Market and was generally released in New York City at selected Movie houses on May 11, 1990. This was the first wide release film to put a face on the subject of the AIDS epidemic. The title of the film refers to what the New York Times newspaper would refer to the surviving partner (Longtime Companion) of a person who had died of AIDS durning the 1980’s. The beginning of the film opens with various images of Fire Island New York’s beaches, woods, discos and brunches in a before HIV/AIDS world. [...]

HIV and AIDS Building an Awareness by Bennett

What is the worst thing your employer ever did to you? Should employers be able to infect their employees with HIV, then cancel the employees long term health care, and then fire the employee for having the same disease that the employer infected them with via a contaminated needle in the first place? Well Mr. Moase can demonstrate that the Broward Sheriff’s Office appears to have done just! Are there bad law enforcement folks? Well if not then why did his former Sheriff Ken Jenne do time in Prison? The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC) relatively equivalent to Canada’s [...]

Reflecting on World AIDS Day With a Little Jingle

Act aware is the concern this year for World AIDS Day 2010. Knowledge is the key to awareness and as a society we must make every effort to learn more about HIV and AIDS. This disease is not just a gay mans disease, it affects everyone globally. Every hour, two people in the U.S.A. alone become infected with HIV/AIDS. Most who become infected don’t even know they’re infected and continue to spread the virus. Being aware and knowing the facts about HIV/AIDS will bring an awareness and help stop the spread of AIDS. World AIDS Day 2010 (wRAP it Up) – Tahir Jahi, [...]

World AIDS Day December 1st, 1987

World AIDS Day was born in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Program on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter took their idea directly to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (which is known now as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann approved the concept and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be held on December 1st, 1988. Since 1988 was an election year in the United States it created many obstacles. James [...]

Art & AIDS: Loving Life – Spotlight Luis Mario Tavales

Luis Mario Tavales is a self taught artist and native New Yorker. He has recently decided to pursue his dream of becoming an artist. For me, art is a healing place. When I’m there, I forget aches, pains and the stress that life holds. Art is the way I commune with a power greater than me. It compels me to take the mouse to the screen (or brush to the canvas) and create. His work was featured in the 2008 GMHC: Living with pride exhibit. In 2009, his work was featured at the NOHO NY 6th Annual Art Walk, the [...]