Bright Lights, Small City

Bright Lights, Small City

HIV & Isolation: Who Me?

Here I am, back in my hometown for eight years now. I don’t regret the move, per se, but it has presented me with...

Aging with HIV: Carrying the Banner

Carrying the Banner Aging with HIV is no joke, but the past anchors my future by John Francis Leonard Forty-eight. I’m turning forty-eight-years-old and it gives me...

Reaching Out When You’re Newly Diagnosed

A Friend in Need Reaching out when you're newly diagnosed by John Francis Leonard As I’ve discussed before, I’ve left a full-time and stressful career behind me...

Contracting HIV: My Story

I'll Always Have Paris Coming to terms with one's own seroconversion by John Francis Leonard I’d been so careful for so long. Safe sex was being marketed...

A Little Kindness Please

Even the most casual of encounters can speak volumes—volumes about how we see ourselves and how others perceive us. Being a gay man, as...

Hooked

When I packed my belongings and escaped Los Angeles for my hometown, I needed a break. A break from an unhealthy and dysfunctional life....

Detecting Stigma

Soon after I began writing for A&U last year, my editor informed me that I would also be, partly, responsible for promoting my own...

What Works for Me

So often in life we strive to be something that we’re not. One of the great things about being a gay man is the...

The Bravest Girl I Know

I’ve had the joy of knowing some incredible people in my life. One of the gutsiest, most unique women I’ve known was at a...

Quitting Smoking

I'm Coming Out After the battles quieted, there was still the smoke by John Francis Leonard I’ve fought many a personal battle in the past fourteen or...

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Bruce Ward: March 2008

Time Differences Playwright Bruce Ward talks with A&U’s Chael Needle about his new play, Lazarus Syndrome, finding support & the need to stay on top...

Edmund White Honored by PEN

Becoming Self-Aware

Edmund White: February 2008