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Making Stephen’s Panel

  Making Stephen's Panel In Memory of Stephen Allen Love, 3/19/53–4/9/99 Stephen was my husband’s ex-lover, his first real relationship in the glory days of the 1970s when...

Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall: Review

Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall by James Magruder Chelsea Station Editions Reviewed by John Francis Leonard Five graduate students, their assorted friends and lovers, and a self-described...

The Origin of AIDS

The Origin of AIDS by Jacques Pepin Cambridge University Press Reviewed by Alina Oswald The first officially documented AIDS cases surfaced in the United States in 1981. With the...

Ballad of the Kind Young Men

Ballad of the Kind Young Men It was different then— even twenty years ago— no place for kind young men. Five, six, eight, ten, the halls, a shortcut home....

Crying

Crying “You cry but harm nothing in yourself.” —Tony Kushner, Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika Those tears aren’t real they’re not from your well only borrowed and now...

It’s Like DNA: Poetry by Diane Seuss

It's Like DNA  

Eight Haiku

by Frederick Smith Single story homes, Bright orange-red trees of autumn American dream Lump growing larger Waiting in the car outside I am so afraid Electronic Light Images of you and I Passion...

Morning & Test Trials: Two Poems by Joy Gaines-Friedler

Morning 8/8/90: “Not to worry!!! I want to get better. I don’t want to suffer anguish, anxiety and mental pain anymore. I can’t live like...

Why We Dance

Why We Dance Because we do the electric slide into the clinic to the tune of crying babies. Because every day we fox trot in and...

Eavesdropper, 1990

Eavesdropper, 1990 Notice his damp curtains as the drafts pass. He happens upon those topics like need, absently. His queer kind of alchemy. A predecessor marked by cashmere...

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Let’s Talk About PrEP

On July 27, 2018, Chicago’s Howard Brown Health unveiled a new song and music video, “Let’s Talk About PrEP,” intended to spread awareness about...