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April / May 1995

Larry Kramer, With Sugar On Top
by Andrew Sullivan
We all know Larry Kramer, or think we know him. The father of AIDS activism, the writer of the groundbreaking play, The Normal Heart, the founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and then ACT UP, the pain in the ass of most AIDS organizations, the hysteric seer. I’d read his stuff before and found most of it unconvincingly shrill. But his early novel, Faggots, had struck a chord. It exuded a sense that gay men could do better if they understood themselves as fully human, if they could shed their self-loathing and self-deception. In Kramer’s later work, I found—between the hyperbole and irresponsibility—a stark belief in the equality of lesbians and gay men and a conviction that AIDS was allowed to spread because of the people it first attacked. Both beliefs carried the unmistakable mark of truth. It was truth we all knew, but few of us had the clarity of mind or facility with words to state it so baldly. Whatever history makes of Larry Kramer’s role in this epidemic, it will have to record that on these central facts, Larry Kramer was right. Like Randy Shilts, he was right.

Peter Jennings Gets Angry
by Steve Doppelt
Since the beginning of the AIDS crisis, a large part of the fight against the disease has been an uphill battle to have the true scope of the pandemic shown in the media: The disease, its means of transmission, the search for treatments, the variety of people living with HIV and the discrimination they face. Reporting on AIDS has been scarce and frequently inaccurate. Virtually every major print or television news outlet has come under fire from AIDS activists for insensitive or sensational coverage of AIDS. Or for the shocking lack of coverage.

POZ Reads
by David Thomas
A visual feast, a frank book

Time After Times
by Mark Schoofs
Reporter Tom Morgan firmly takes stock

Does Your City Test for Crypto?
Cities are not yet required by the EPA to test for Cryptosporidium in their water supply.

S.O.S.
by Sean O. Strub
French attitude toward AIDS is truly offensive

Sex, Lies & Videotape
by Tod Roulette
Telling the truth only gets tougher with time

A Queen for Connie
by Connie Norman
Blunt talk from Los Angeles AIDS diva

Liver To Tell
by Dr. Barbara Starrett and Dr. Richard Novak
Doctors analyze POZ publish Sean O. Strub’s liver values

That Sinking Feeling
by Mark Mascolini
Anemia is avoidable, identifiable and treatable

Who Say's There's No Glamour?
by Bruce Edward Hall
Leading woman's magazine profiles straight PWAs

Feel the Burn, Baby
by Evelyn C. White
HIV doesn’t have to kill your dreams

Hurry Up and Wait
by Kiki Mason
Go ahead and be difficult, stubborn and obnoxious-it’s your right

John Milks Booth
by Dominic Hamilton-Little
A trip to the adult "boothstore" recalls the South of France

Surefire Man-bagger
by River Huston
Looking for love at the local supermarket

Greg Louganis Surfaces
by Sean O. Strub
The Journey of self-discovery begins for a gentle Olympic champion

Why Not a Cure?
by Mark Milano
ACT UP’s AIDS Cure Project will work

Delta, Delta, Delta
HarperCollins’ Cracking the Corporate Closet exposes American businesses

Christian Soldiers
by Juan Carlos Perez
Mario González does good works with Catholic group

My Brother, My Self
by Larry Kaplan
Choreographer Neil Greenberg touches nerve with AIDS work

Casey's Pop Life
by Casey Davidson
Mariah Carey's mother and HIV positive sister in custody battle

Mississippi Burning
Unprecedented judge's ruling sparks widespread outrage


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