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Mitchell Anderson

Posted on March 12, 2014 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Mitchell Anderson I miss Karen Carpenter. Every time I hear her angelic voice on a recording it soothes and stimulates my whole being. The other night I watched The Karen Carpenter Story, with Cynthia Gibb and Mitchell Anderson, as my fireplace was roarin’ and my legs were propped up on [...]

Silent Movie

Posted on March 5, 2014 by in Columns, Frontdesk

Frontdesk by David Waggoner Films have played a large part in the history of AIDS—from the seminal Longtime Companion (1989) to Philadelphia (1993) to this year’s Oscar favorite, Dallas Buyers Club (released in 2013), Hollywood has made movie magic out of an oftentimes ignored and even silent epidemic. Certainly famous film directors have played an [...]

Surviving Surviving

Posted on February 26, 2014 by in Columns, First Generation

First Generation by Chuck Willman Just Being Human How do we survive surviving the plague? First of all, I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday season, no matter what or if you celebrate anything. We all know that what’s supposed to be one of the “happiest” times of the year—all filled with hope [...]

Erik Stein

Posted on February 24, 2014 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Erik Stein Last summer I was joyfully transported through time and space to Czarist Russia by Erik Stein’s boffo performance as Tevye the milkman in the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof. I was entertained under the stars by the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) Theaterfest production in [...]

Just*in Time: February 2014

Posted on February 21, 2014 by in Columns, Just*in Time

Hello Justin, Just checked out your video regarding the biohazard tattoo and it inspired me to write. I was diagnosed with HIV two years ago. When this happened I did the responsible thing and notified those I had sexual relations with to ensure all were tested. I never was able to pinpoint who passed it [...]

Just*in Time: January 2014

Posted on January 27, 2014 by in Columns, Just*in Time

Hello Justin, My name is Enrique and I live in Mexico and I am HIV-positive. I first saw your blog and YouTube videos around two years ago, or maybe more. That’s when I first got diagnosed and I started looking things up on the Internet and I was led to your YouTube blog. Well, I [...]

Sophie B. Hawkins

Posted on January 17, 2014 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Sophie B. Hawkins Sophie B. Hawkins’s music is like her lover—it exposes, inspires, and even threatens. Yummy. After reading this revelation in an interview of this singer, songwriter, and musician, I knew I’d bond with this gal. Over the past two decades, Sophie’s had many chart busters. In the early [...]

What’s Your Brand of AIDS Activism?

Posted on January 2, 2014 by in Columns, Frontdesk

Frontdesk by David Waggoner January is usually the coldest month for New Yorkers. But I’m not worried about the weather coming in the first month of the new year for each issue emanates warmth and vitality. A fire kindled over twenty-three years ago, A&U is both a labor of love and a personal history of [...]

Just*in Time: December 2013

Posted on December 27, 2013 by in Columns, Just*in Time

Hey Justin, I was date raped and I had experienced what is called oral thrush. I got tested for HIV when I had thrush and the test came out negative. I think it’s a rare strain of thrush. I can’t get diagnosed with HIV, and I’m very depressed and don’t know how often to check [...]

Ari Gold

Posted on December 26, 2013 by in Columns, Music, Dance & Theater, Ruby's Rap, The Arts

Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer Ari Gold I like Ari Gold’s derrière! He must like it too. This r&b pop singer flashes his naked bod everywhere: on the streets of Manhattan, on CD covers, magazines, music videos, and even at events like Night of a Thousand Gowns, a benefit for New York’s GMHC. After my [...]