Unlike what we faced at every turn, at GMHC I was treated with human dignity.
Larry Kramer himself is now upping the ante.
I am happy. I am frightened. I am worried. I am hopeful. I am happy because we can now get married. The lover I've lived
Unlike Bernie Sanders-- and certainly unlike any of the Republican candidates who seem to long for the bad old days when we were dying daily and AIDS was considered God's punishment for homosexuality-- Hillary Clinton has been there for people with HIV/AIDS.
I too want queerness to be more than about just sex -- because living in a world where Republican candidates still reduce our community to animalistic, immoral heathens, it does us no favors to reduce ourselves to this one tiny piece of who we are.
It took me more than a decade to quietly ascribe that culturally fraught term--lesbian--to myself, even longer to admit it to others. But finally, at 40 years old, through years of perpetual self-disclosure, the label feels as native to me as my own my own limbs. The thought of discarding it like an outdated dress feels more untethering than it does liberating.
During a recent half-hearted attempt to organize my life, I discovered a shoebox filled with old photographs. In one of them, four friends are lying contentedly on the soft sand of the Pines beach at Fire Island. The year is 1985. A decade later, I would be the only one remaining.
Do you know who the best gay writer we have today is? Unless you are gay, I'll bet you have never heard of him, much less
We are heirs of what I call "LGBT America's heroic legacy," the acts and words of men and women who chose to stand up for their humanity, integrity, and fully equal American citizenship -- rather than accept the shame and silence they were told was their lot in life for being "different."
Vito Russo, the legendary gay and AIDS activist whose achievements have already earned him a biography and several film documentaries, is best known as the author of The Celluloid Closet and as a co-founder of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
"Unfortunately there seems no one left alive to say 'it wasn't that way at all', or 'who are or where the f*ck were you.'"
In the conclusion of my exclusive two-part audio montage series, I talked with celebrities, activists and filmmakers at the 17th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) press luncheon.
It's clear that health care in the U.S. remains in a state of crisis. Millions of people still don't have health insurance, and pressures remain great to repeal reforms that have extended even bare-bones insurance benefits to the uninsured and underserved.
"Larry Kramer in Love and Anger" debuts on HBO at 9 p.m. Monday, June 29. Carlomusto said she got the idea for the documentary