Confessions From Men With HIV
Here is a series of memes where men who are living with HIV talk candidly.
And the future is bright! Having HIV doesn’t mean what it once did — detecting the virus early and starting the right course of meds means a full, happy and healthy life is very much within reach. In many ways, knowing you’re positive and taking the proper course of action is safer than not knowing your status at all.
At one time I would have been totally put off by the expression in this article, “and the future is bright…” Because while yes, the future is bright, there are still a lot of issues that are never addressed in gay presses honestly. I know people living with HIV and they do, indeed, have perfectly normal lives for the most part. However, you have to get blood work every three months, you have to live with possible side effects of HIV meds (and there are side effects), and then you have to make sure you take the drugs daily. There are money concerns (the drugs aren’t cheap…thousands of dollars), health insurance issues, and it just continues.
However, I’m not put off anymore when I read things like this. I realize now there are a lot of people writing at gay presses who just don’t know any better. And, most of all, HIV is not a death sentence anymore. It’s a manageable disease and I believe in a positive approach.
You can read what these men say here. I think the one that hits me the hardest talks about the stigma that’s still attached to HIV. That stigma needs to go away.
You’ll want to read the comments with this one. I’m not sure how true they are, but one comment makes allegations about the validity of the quotes. I honestly don’t know.
Underground Gay Night Clubs
I have to admit that I love underground gay clubs of any kind. There’s something about the gay connection and being a gay man that’s hard to describe. And I think I assimilate about as good as anyone else out there these days. But sometimes you need to be with other gay men just like you.
This one is about a circuit party in Germany.
Revolver is one of Berlin’s biggest monthly circuit parties, showcasing an impressive lineup of DJs, go-go boys and performers from the international gay underground scene. Since its launch just a few years ago, Revolver has quickly become one of the most popular underground parties in all of Germany, and has expanded to other cities as well, including Cologne and Mannheim.
You can check out the photos here. I think it’s safe to say that this one is mostly about the “G” in LGBT.
John Hamm’s Big Penis
Here’s an Esquire article about comedian Catie Lazarus and an interview with John Hamm.
To be fair, guest Jon Hamm started it. After he made an awkward dick joke, Lazarus expertly tried to steer the ship back to how Hamm feels about being valued for his good looks. When Hamm answered, “There is so no way to answer this without coming across like a giant dick,” Lazarus, without missing a beat, said, “Yeah, that too,” in reference to the constant chatter about Hamm’s giant wang. His reaction is priceless:
You can watch the video here. Aside from the fact that I think John Hamm is about the best looking man on the planet, I don’t think you should miss this.