Tag Archives: 1980s

Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.I acquired the virus in 1984:1 year before the virus was isolated and named LAV/HTLV-III;2 years before the ELISA antibody test became available;3 years before I was officially diagnosed4 years before I began … Continue reading

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This is the daily pill box that I fill every Sunday evening. This is the story of how it got that way. Part XIV of “Years of Living Precariously”, my ongoing column in A&U Magazine, chronicling my experiences during the … Continue reading

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A New Normal: Telling my story at The AIDS Memorial/NYC, June 1, 2021 Friends: This is a 1-minute “teaser” for my 7-minute storytelling gig this past June 1, as part of a collaboration between The Generations Project and the NYC … Continue reading

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(A Valentine to Provincetown – 2007) “It is as if the residents of Provincetown are the culmination of all who have gone before: the Portuguese fishermen and their descendents remain, as do the parsimonious New England Methodists, the ‘60s hippie-artists, … Continue reading

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Chapter XIII of my ongoing personal chronicle of the 1980s, “Years of Living Precariously”, in A&U Magazine. “Eventually, the movie houses closed. The Anvil closed, the Saint closed, the baths closed, Fire Island virtually shut down, Provincetown was Province-Ghost-town, the … Continue reading

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My cover story in the June 2021 A&U Magazine.  The fabulous and inspirational Tom Viola shares about his three decades helming Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and about overcoming some of his personal struggles. (click on photo for full interview)

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Reading my monologue, “Last Dance”, for the March 23, 2021 event, “It Starts With A Word: Dramatists in Times Square”, co-sponsored by The Dramatists Guild of America and The Times Square Alliance, by the Red Steps in Times Square, NYC. … Continue reading

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Musto captures the mood of New York City during those early years, when he states, “Everyone was filled with grief, terror, and rage. But you know what? The nightlife kept going….We were more bonded than ever. We had to leave … Continue reading

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1986: The Virus That Dared Not Speak Its NamePart XII of an Ongoing Chronicle of the First Fifteen Years of the AIDS Pandemicby Bruce Ward Though my public affect was one of stolid nonchalance, I began a private descent into … Continue reading

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I was twenty-eight years old. In just a few months, perhaps, I projected, I would no longer be desirable, acceptable. I would, in fact, become a pariah, a walking manifestation of the disease that was ravaging my insides. Who would … Continue reading

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