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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...

Asolar

Asolar “Without sun,” said the young man, “it means there is no sun,” and then he held out his hand, as if for me but not. A word...

Time Piece

Do you remember hospital visits? Medicine too toxic to be touched by human hands and dispensed throughout the day? Do you remember digital watches with...

Stonewall Strong: Review

Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community by John-Manuel Androite Rowman & Littfield Reviewed by Hank Trout Stonewall Strong is in...

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....

Foundation

Foundation The foundation you built Rested on grass Sewn together and stretched out So Washington could see, so we all could see How much memories mean How much silence costs The...

The Hour

The Hour gliding hand in hand to bed, night was a dark flower a trail of roses sunflowers the autumn breath of their lives together the final hour —Antonio Gomes Antonio...

Holding Breath

An excerpt from Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS' Wildfire Days by Nancy Bevilaqua In his last few weeks, David rarely lay down anymore. At night,...

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...

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...

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Santa Skivvies Run: December 9

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