Why I Love San Francisco

I read this on the Queerty webpage today. It’s quote from Korey Kuhl, an Amazing Race star and it caught my attention because what he says about San Francisco is the same as my response to the city when I arrived in 1972. Changes here have sent rents through the roof and driven out artists […]

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HIV SURVIVOR

I tell my story and I do not in any way mean to diminish the pain and hardship suffered by HIV survivors. It’s not a pretty picture for many survivors and I grieve for them as I grieve for the family that was at my side with sex dope and camping it up when I […]

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From OUR TIME to be published in January

The story started in the 50s when word of San Francisco as an outpost of freaks got out. Gay men liked what they saw before being shipped off to bases in the Pacific and others came to escape being hounded. Those men wrote glowing letters to their friends back home about holding hands in public. […]

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FAGGOTS vs NRA

Tonight Nick Jonas sang America the Beautiful with the Boston Pops Symphony but I heard my community singing America the Beautiful to the brothers and sisters we lost in Orlando. We are America and despite what small minded legislators in states like North Carolina like to think we are America and we will never retreat […]

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PRIDE WEEKEND

Today we celebrate a year of gay marriage and mourn the tragic loss of the lives of our brothers and sisters in Orlando. Many years ago when I had sex every night I did the impossible and got up before seven. With my trusty Nikon I went to the foot of Howard Street and photographed […]

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Social change don’t come easy and we do it different

Most social change has begun with the act of a single person like Rosa Park’s refusal to sit in the back of the bus. From that act a movement develops and the movements are usually led by a man or men such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. The experience in our community […]

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What the World Needs is Love

On the Internet I watch Broadway’s best sing ‘What the World Needs is Love.” On a stage with headphones tight against their ears I see Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Bill Irwin, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Brian Stokes Mitchell and more. Even Edie Windsor who […]

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Stand up to the NRA

In 1982 my doctor told me I had six months to live. Later, as a member of Dianne Feinstein’s staff I attended a public meeting to discuss the closing of the baths that got so violent I feared for my safety, but in the end the LGBT community created the national model for HIV-AIDS care […]

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The Democrats Got Their Balls Back

Stephen Colbert said, “Isn’t an agnostic just an atheist without balls?” I would paraphrase that. Isn’t a Democrat just a wimp without Trump? What Trump has done is to remind the Democratic Party it has balls. Beginning with Ronald Reagan Republicans have successfully sold the America people the idea that government is bad. It’s taken […]

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Thom Gunn The Last Interview

THOM GUNN, A LAST INTERVIEW 1929-2004 My first date with Thom Gunn did not go well. It happened in Chicago in the late-1970’s after sitting for hours in a Boystown bar. Wandering down Broadway I found Thom in a bookstore and took him back to my hotel. In a copy of Moly and My Sad […]

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