Bright Lights, Small City

Bright Lights, Small City

Fighting HIV Isolation (One Belly Rub at a Time)

In From the Cold How a stray cat changed the game by John Francis Leonard I love animals. In particular, I love dogs. Cats, however, not so...

Meet the New Grief, Same as the Old Grief

Too Young to Die Meet the new grief, same as the old grief by John Francis Leonard I thought I was immune to grief by now, but...

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....

If You Stand for Nothing

One of the luxuries of the full-time career I left behind some years ago was dental coverage. Luckily, until recently anyway, I’d never even...

A Letter to Myself at 18

John— I’m forty-eight when I’m writing this and I want to let you know a few things. Not a total rundown of everything that happens—your...

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...

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...

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...

It All Comes Back with a Song

Down in the Depths It all comes back with a song by John Francis Leonard When I think of the fall of 1990, so many memories march...

Forgiveness: The Strength in Letting Go & Moving On

Forgiveness The strength in letting go and moving on by John Francis Leonard Sometimes, it’s life’s most trying episodes that bring us closer. My younger brother and his...

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