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Sunday, April 4, 2021

(TIME WARP): A Brief History of the Sisterhood Celebrating 42 Years!

San Francisco, 1981
1979: On Easter weekend three men in nun habits walk through San Francisco’s Castro District to protest problems in the gay community. Other manifestations take place later that year at a softball game, a nude beach and the annual Castro Street Fair. During the Labor Day weekend, the men attend the first International Spiritual Conference for Radical Faeries in Arizona.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

(TIME warp) Progress, Hope Mark the 39th Anniversary of AIDS!

Today marks the 38th anniversary of the first formal report of the disease that came to be known as AIDS. The disease baffled doctors and public health officials when it first appeared; described in some places as a "gay cancer," the HIV virus took three years to be identified and much longer than that for doctors to develop drugs that would effectively tamp down symptoms without debilitating patients. Below is the Music Montages of some of the greatest that have died and were alive and well 34 yrs ago.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

(TIME-WARP) The Castro vs. AIDS: The '80s in Pictures!

San Francisco's gay-centric Castro was equal amounts thrilling and frightening in the 1980s. While the neighborhood attracted LGBT people from around the world, AIDS was decimating the population. Even as the residents fought back, protesting for research and education, life went on, and the Castro's 24-hour party never abated. In the following pictures by Thomas Alleman, part of the "Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws: Gay San Francisco, 1985-1988" exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library that opens on World AIDS Day, you can see the men and women who lived, loved, and fought for their lives during that heady time.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

(TIME-warp) Remembering Keith Haring!

Today marks what would have been artist Keith Haring’s 58th birthday. (He died at a young age due to an AIDS-related illness in 1991).Haring’s, distinct style led him to become one of the most notable artists of his generation. Happy Birthday, Keith!

As a celebration of his life, Madonna declared the first New York date of her 1991 Blond Ambition World Tour a benefit concert for Haring's memory, and donated all proceeds from her ticket sales to AIDS charities including AIDS Project Los Angeles and amfAR; the act was documented in her film Truth or Dare. Additionally, Haring's work was featured in several of Red Hot Organization's efforts to raise money for AIDS and AIDS awareness, specifically its first two albums, Red Hot + Blue and Red Hot + Dance, the latter of which used Haring's work on its cover.

By expressing concepts of birth, death, sex and war, Haring's imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


The Montage below is the from the film, 'And the Band Played on' and still gets me today...Tissues, Please!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

(MATT BAUME) Longtime Companion: Surviving HIV in the 80s!

Back in the 80s, "longtime companion" was the code that newspapers used to describe the partners of people who died of AIDS. And it's the title of one of the first films to talk about epidemic. I watched the movie last night and I've only just now stopped crying and hugging my partner long enough to make this video.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

(MK Remembers) How a Porn Star opened my eyes; 10 Years ago this month!

MK got a warm embrace from Palmer in 2005!       DOKO

by MK Scott

It has been 10 years since I got my first "By-line" interview printed in a publication and I can't tell you how much my life changed. Under the name of 'Michael Montgomery', I was planning an event and the headliner was gonna be the Porn Star, Jeff Palmer. Palmer was living in Portland at the time and was thrilled to take the train up to Seattle to do a Private show. A Week before I had a chance to interview him and that is just the first chapter and how that glimpse opened my eyes at our Society and my journey began. My life was never the same. Here is the Interview that appeared in the Seattle Gay News on March 25, 2005.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

(MK SCOTT) MK chats with 'TEST' Director, Chris Mason Johnson, Playing Tomorrow at SLGFF!

by MK Scott

'Test;' is the new film by Chris Mason Johnson (The New Twenty) that has a little of 'Jeffery' meets a little of 'live and Kicking' set in the 1980's. I had a chance speak with Johnson this past June during SIFF 2013 and now it SLGFF screens it tomorrow at NWFF.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

(JESSE on the BRINK) Game Changers!

Finished the Blackmores Half-Marathon Saturday. Gorgeous day racing across the stunning Harbour Bridge and finishing at the iconic Opera House. I came in at 1:27 (158 of 7500), and that includes an unprecedented (but 911 emergency) port-a-john pit stop at around the 12k mark! Not at my peak, but I was happy to have achieved my personal goal to beat anyone wearing headphones, an artillery belt, compression socks or those hideous primate shoes with toes.
For some reason, the half-marathon began before the full, which meant getting up at 4:30 and across the harbour for a 6:15 am start. And the spectacular scenery was dulled by the dull (and deadly quiet) streets of the CBD and its raked overpasses... but just look at this finish!

Sunday, September 15, 2013


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Accompanied by the tag line "hard facts and hard humor about a hard way of life," this newly resurfaced public access tv short documentary from 1982 interviews Manhattan's diverse male street hustler population about their stories and struggles. Created by Robert Burden and Dictelio Cepeda.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

(JESSE on the BRINK) Getting Serious!

by Jesse Archer

My essay in this month's OUT magazine was one I found difficult to write. It talks about what it's like being diagnosed with HIV later in life, giving voice to a population we don't often hear from. It also focused on my friend Jerry so treading carefully around a touchy topic while being as frank as possible was compounded by feeling the pressure to do justice to, and not misrepresent, his own story. If you don't have this month's issue, check it out online here. Out includes a great illustration by Keith Negley.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

(Gwissues) Guest: Greg Louganis on 25 Years after Seoul!

Greg Louganis talks about his coming out, how far we've come since HIV in the 80s.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

(TIME WARP): AIDS, The plague years-1981-91!

June 1991
If you are of an older generation, and especially a gay man, you probably remember reading or hearing about a July 3, 1981, New York Times article reporting on a strange series of illnesses striking gay men in East Coast and West Coast urban areas. Just 12 years after the Stonewall riots in New York, the decade of love and liberation had come to a crashing end.

There were some signs of distress earlier than 1981. Doctors and nurses, especially those with many gay patients, began to notice obscure illnesses cropping up. Gay health groups did screenings for venereal diseases, which were spreading rapidly.

But it was the summer of 1981 when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ( MMWR, June 5 and July 3 ) first reported that a new disease might be in our midst. It could have been around for years, but was just at that time starting to exhibit itself.

Check here for FULL Story and Photos!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

(TIME warp): Remembering first Organized Protest against AIDS in DC, 26 Years ago this week!

June 1, 1987: ACT UP joins other national activist groups in civil disobedience at the White House in Washington, DC. In a display of AIDS-phobia, the police wear rubber gloves while arresting protesters.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

(MY FAB DISEASE) HIV and Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus!

by Mark S. King

The turning point could be traced to August of 1998. It was the month that, for the first time in well over a decade, the Bay Area Reporter did not have a single AIDS obituary submitted for publication. The promise of protease inhibitor medications had been realized, and it felt for many that our long community nightmare was coming to a close.

The milestone in the life of San Francisco’s LGBT newspaper was celebrated around the country and became a media story unto itself. “AIDS Deaths Take Holiday,” trumpeted the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “For Once, No AIDS,” said the Wilmington Morning Star. The headline in the Spokesman Review assured us that “No News is Good News.” The Bay Area Reporter’s own front page carried two words in enormous type: “No Obits.”

That could be seen as the moment in which coverage of HIV in gay media began to fade.
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