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Positive: A Memoir

Posted on January 19, 2015 by in Positively Literary

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl, with Ali Benjamin HarperCollins Reviewed by Alina Oswald The word might very well be mightier than the sword, and in more than one way. That’s because words, and the actions they imply and/or encourage, have the power to forever change a person’s life…for better or for worse. Usually, people [...]

Gays With Kids

Posted on January 9, 2015 by in Features

Bringing Up Baby When Brian Rosenberg found a scarcity of support & resources for navigating fatherhood, he helped launch the Web site, Gays with Kids by Dann Dulin Photos by Robert Figueroa / FotoFig.com You’re gay. Now I won’t have grandkids….” I recall the mother of my friend mournfully saying this to him in the [...]

One Bad Day

Posted on January 5, 2015 by in Brave New World, Columns

Brave New World by Corey Saucier One Bad Day Sometimes a fight is just a fight, and sometimes it’s not So we broke up—“we” being my boyfriend and I. We broke up just a few minutes ago, and it had nothing to do with sex: Nothing to do with HIV or serodiscordancy or condoms or [...]

Eric Rhein

Posted on December 12, 2014 by in Gallery

Possibilities of Transcendence Multidimensional artist Eric Rhein talks about the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on his life and his work as he preps a mid-career exhibition, “The Course of My Life” by Sean Black It is important for artist Eric Rhein to communicate the essence of his intricate artwork as precisely as he crafts [...]

Dick Donato

Posted on December 9, 2014 by in Cover Story

Big F*cking Deal After Living Outside of the Limelight for Three Years, Big Brother Champion “Evel Dick” Donato returned to Reality TV in Couples Therapy on One Condition—He Could Disclose His Positive Status to Educate About AIDS by Dann Dulin Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Sean Black Evel Dick is a spark plug. When he [...]

Kinky Compromise

Posted on December 9, 2014 by in Brave New World, Columns

Brave New World by Corey Saucier Kinky Compromise Sometimes taking two steps forward requires one step back So the techno music is playing in the background… The curtains are drawn; my boyfriend is dressed in an assortment of leather artifacts (that sort of make him look more like a European post-punk Goth teenager than a [...]

The Mack Pack

Posted on September 3, 2014 by in Features

Leader of the Pack Using the Power of Social Media, AIDS Activist Jack Mackenroth Assembles a Team for Braking AIDS & Beyond by Chael Needle Photo by Tyler Cheevers Gomes/TCGFOTOGRAPHY.COM With one click, Jack Mackenroth has turned selfies into an act of selflessness. For a donation to his Braking AIDS Ride fundraising campaign, he will [...]

Maria Mejia & Jason Wood

Posted on August 14, 2014 by in Features

A Warrior’s Path AIDS activist Maria Mejia and author Jason Wood talk about their new book, From a Warrior’s Passion and Pain, and life lessons learned from the experience by Alina Oswald Photo by Sean Black Maria Mejia’s story may be an uncomfortable read for some individuals, but it’s a must-read for many of us. [...]

Scott Fried

Posted on July 14, 2014 by in Features

Talk to Me Author & award-winning public speaker Scott Fried teaches us to speak “adolescent” when educating our youth about AIDS and life’s other topics by Alina Oswald Let’s face it. Nowadays one cannot talk about HIV/AIDS without bringing up the topic of youth and AIDS. And when it comes to talking to the youth [...]

Living on “The Drive”

Posted on July 10, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Essay by Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco Living on “The Drive” 1986–2009 Living in Canada, being Canadian, for me, is being HIV-positive. I don’t know any other way of life. I was twenty-two when I came and got infected. If you took HIV away from me, I would be an immigrant again or homeless, or worse, hopeless. My [...]