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For years I have lived behind a wall. The wall is real, a boundary of my own making, but my conception of it changed...

Lost & Found

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Left for Dead

I died three decades ago. In my early twenties. At the apex of the AIDS crisis in America in the 1980s. I’m long gone...

Sherri Lewis

Turn Up the Radio AIDS interrupted by dreams—but I've learned to reclaim them by Sherri Lewis The best time in my life was being a signed recording...

My HIV Turned 21

It’s Our Party and We’ll Cry If We Want To was the theme for my day of diagnosis. When I was first diagnosed February 20,...

Choose Light

I have had the great fortune, for the last two years, of living next to one of the most beautiful parks in San Francisco....

Set Asides

Set asides: units of affordable housing required developers to set aside twenty-five percent of all new housing for low to moderate income families. When...

Homeless in San Francisco

Throughout the thirty-one years that I have dealt with HIV/AIDS I have faced many serious challenges, but none so daunting as the one I...

Second Acts: Bruce Ward

Hanging On Clinging to a raft in the regatta of life by Bruce Ward Lazarus Syndrome” is one of the terms coined by psychologists and sociologists to...

A Fight for Community Connections

One week after graduating high school, I escaped my small Ohio town for college. Upon coming out, my family rejected me, which fired up...

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