“Years of Living Precariously”, A&U Magazine, Part IV: Someone Like Me. Honolulu, 1984

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I knew the cruising routine well—how to appear just slightly aloof, to seem interested enough to pique curiosity in the one I chose, but not so interested that I appeared desperate. I knew the expression: closed mouth with a slight smirk, turn my head away, slowly rotate back just in time to lock eyes with my trophy, and then change the smirk to just a tiny bit of a grin. And a nod. And wait for him to come to me.

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“Years of Living Precariously”, A&U magazine. Part III. 1983: The Buddy System. Becoming a volunteer “buddy” at GMHC

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The buddy to whom I was assigned was named Bill, a tall, lanky Southerner who lived in the then-scummy neighborhood known as Chelsea, a rather bleak, run-down, precarious area, far removed from the more fashionable gay neighborhoods of the West Village and the Upper West Side
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“Years of Living Precariously”, A&U magazine. Part II: 1,112 and Counting”. 1983: Larry Kramer’s call-to-action

Rumor had it that a common factor among those getting ill was the use of poppers and having multiple partners at the Baths. I didn’t like “poppers,”… I had been to the Baths only three times. I did not wear leather… I was not that leather-wearing, popper-inhaling, baths-hopping man.

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“The Years of Living Precariously”, my monthly column in A&U Magazine, chronicling the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Part I. 1980: “Last Dance”

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The disco ball above the small, cramped dance floor spins above the sweating, humping, happy men. And there is a flag-dancer on the edge of the crowd, turning and twisting his colored flags. And the ball turns and the flags fly and the men gyrate and everything is colors and music and freedom, freedom, and it is the end of the disco era but none of us know it yet and we dance, we dance, we dance as if our lives depend on it.

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Announcement as drama editor at A&U magazine, and creating a new monthly series, “The Years of Living Precariously”.

A&U Announces New Drama Editor, Bruce Ward

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An interview with Bruce Ward, on comparisons of the AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics – Rewire magazine

What It’s Like to Be HIV Positive During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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“The Inheritance”: a think-piece – A&U magazine

The Inheritance & the Eclipsing of Long-Term Survivors

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Video:“stories from the stage”, produced by World Channel, WGBH-TV & MassMouth. Storytelling Event at WGBH-TV studios in Cambridge, MA. Broadcast 1/2018

https://worldchannel.org/episode/sfts-breakthrough/

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POZ magazine blog: “Still Here”

https://www.poz.com/blog/still-here

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