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...

Stella: Nonfiction by Hank Trout

Stella by Hank Trout I first met Jim the day I tried to pick up his boyfriend at the Polk Gulch Saloon. The Gulch was a...

“Save Tonight”: Nonfiction by Jennifer Sembler

Save Tonight by Jennifer Sembler We were standing among G’s drunken Italian friends who were singing an awful karaoke rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance...

Love Wins: Nonfiction by Tim Patten

President Obama was on TV! It was June 26, 2015, and the president was making a speech about marriage and how it now represented...

We Blessed: Nonfiction by John Boucher

We Blessed by John Boucher The following story is true. The names have been changed and composite characters created in order to protect the innocent, and...

The Custody Visit (1987): Nonfiction by Andrea Laiacona Dooley

The Custody Visit (1987) by Andrea Laiacona Dooley Seventh grade ended, and it was time to visit my father in Indiana. We’d last seen him at...

The Scream of the Phoenix: Nonfiction by Jesús Guillén

The Scream of the Phoenix to all kinds of survivors around the world Most of us cry when we are born because the trauma of...

Yasss Child: Nonfiction by Dale Corvino

Yasss Child by Dale Corvino "Do you remember when we met?” Nico asked me over a FaceTime call. Nico had long ago lost his hair and...

Never Forget Your First: Nonfiction by Paul A. Aguilar

Never Forget Your First by Paul A. Aguilar On June 5, 1981, just two weeks before my high school graduation and my eighteenth birthday, the CDC...

Walt Odets: Advocate & Writer

Digging Out of Stigma Psychologist & Author Walt Odets Talks with A&U’s Hank Trout About Navigating HIV and Other Issues Impacting Gay Men’s Lives When your...

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