HIV Discrimination in the News
May 16, 2013
Gwenn and I combed through Poz.com and found a few stories involving HIV that we felt compelled to discuss. Hope this finds everyone doing well.
Happy Mother’s Day
May 12, 2013
Our latest video is a shout-out to our moms, and your moms, too. Happy Mother’s Day.
May 1, 2013
I’d previously blogged about why Gwenn and I had a little hiatus from video-making. Well, while on hiatus, we actually recorded some of our journeys on our cellphones. One of our capers included me riding a ferris wheel in recognition of World Hemophilia Day.
I know- I’m so very, very brave.
We Attempt the Condom Challenge
April 20, 2013
We just couldn’t wait until Tuesday to post our latest video… if you haven’t heard about the condom challenge, it’s a new trend that’s taken off (for better or worse) where people post videos of themselves inserting a condom into their nose and then pulling that same condom out through their mouth.
Gwenn and I discuss this- and attempt it (wink wink)- in our new video. Enjoy!
World Hemophilia Day
April 17, 2013
Hemophilia has shaped my life in so many ways. The physical vulnerability and the humbling effects that this medical condition has a not-so-adverse side effect: my brothers and sisters with hemophilia who have shared this journey (and our caretakers) are some of the most gentle people I have ever met. I am proud to be a “Blood Brother”, “Thinblood”, and someone who is in touch with the human experience, with a deep understanding of just how fragile we all are regardless of our how well our blood clots.
Happy World Hemophilia Day.
My Poz.Com Exclusive Article, “Adventures in Baby-Making”
April 8, 2013
I had the pleasure of talking with Mark Zatyrka about he and his wife’s decision to have children using sperm washing. (Mark’s been HIV positive since childhood, his partner, Sasha, is HIV negative.)
Read it on Poz.com here:
Adventures in Baby-Making
Uncle Mook, Vail, Poll and My Pet Virus Screenplay
April 3, 2013
But first and foremost, I feel a public goodbye to my Uncle Mook (my dad’s little brother) is in order. He was truly a great guy, always ready to have a good laugh and always very kind to me. He’d been diagnosed with an illness that gave fair warning of the end, which is a mixed blessing of course… but I’m glad I had the chance to speak with him on the phone about a month ago, when I was being an uncle myself and watching some wrestling with my niece.
Uncle Mook, you will be missed. Thanks for all the lessons on what it means to be a loving uncle.
So, last weekend Gwenn and I went to Vail, thanks to a contest put on by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in partnership with the Vail Film Festival. It truly is stunning how scenically beautiful Vail is, and a trip out of town certainly hit the spot, too. We met a lot of wonderful folks, from Best Student Film winner, James Cox (for Grey Matter, a Stephen King story) to Tate Taylor, director of The Help. We also got to see the screening of Keep the Promise, a documentary about the March on Washington last year, directed by Jorg Fockele and Marc Smolowitz, both incredibly talented and amiable allies in raising awareness about HIV.
At the Closing Awards Ceremony, Allison Janney and Tate Taylor did a Q&A, and every film screened at the Festival was up for an award. My contest-winning, 60-second video (below) was shown to an audience of very talented filmmakers… it was quite a thrill! Especially since it got a great response. Allison said, “I loved your film!” afterwards. She and Tate were both so kind as to record PSAs for AIDS Healthcare Foundation about why HIV funding, awareness and prevention are still needed.
Gwenn with Jorg, Marc and Terri Ford of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Either way, I’m busy doing what I can to make that happen.
My good friends at the MTV Staying Alive Foundation have teamed up with the UN in creating a poll that will have very real consequences on which issues will get the most attention when it comes to policy-making on a global scale. I logged my Vote for “Better Healthcare”, because without decent healthcare I most certainly would not be here today.
Let your voice be heard here: http://bit.ly/15UNvFW
Hope this message finds you all well.
A Brief Hiatus
March 19, 2013
So no new video on this fine Tuesday. Partly because of the last video- we are getting ready for the Vail Film Festival, which has inspired me to get back to work on the screenplay to my book, My Pet Virus. In addition to that excitement, the last two weeks have seen some medical drama in the family (not mine- things are much easier for me when I’m the one that’s sick)… plus, Gwenn and I have some additional traveling on the horizon.
Not sure when we’ll crank up the videos again- my guess is that we’ll be up and running again in mid-April. There’s always the chance that I’ll get some of our travels on the trusty iPhone video, if so I’ll post them here.
Either way, I hope this message finds you well!