November #41 : Dark Secrets - by Barton Lidice Benes

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Organizing Inside

Concealed Weapon

Long Day's Journey

Lethal Lottery

Natural Bootleg

Double-Crossed

One for the Books

Flying Ace

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Hatch a Plan

Signs of Life

The Trouble With Norvir

Engine No. 48,000

S.O.S.

To the Editor

None the Wiser

Tomato, Tomahto

Enter at Your Own Risk

Say What

Swim Lessons

Stigma Enigma

Daddy’s Helper

Nushawn on the Block

Privacy Parsed

Equal Protection for All

“Just Say No” to Welfare

Ms. Thurman Goes to Washington

POZ Picks

Show and Tell

The Eye in the Storm

Get Our Phil

POZarazzi: AIDS! The Musical

Verse: Amirah

Obits

One for the Books

Flying Ace

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Hatch a Plan

Poetic License

Poetic License

The Vision Thing

Stop the World, I want to Get Off

Surviving Behind the Walls

Prick and Tell

The Bitter End

Draining the Reservoirs

Testosterone Beats Fatigue

Carnitine Boosts CD4s

Multivitamins for Moms

Bleach Works

HIV Med Line

Weight List

Do the Hustle

A Mantra a Day

Attack of the Monster Combo

Helper Cells

He Still Is What He Is

Dark Secrets



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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November 1998

Dark Secrets

by Barton Lidice Benes

Barton Benes makes art combining images with text from the thousands of letters his Aunt Evelyn wrote to him in the ’70s, when he was a young gay artist in New York City and she was a lonely Florida widow who hung on every word of his adventures.

I DON’T LIKE THAT YOUR MOTHER REFUSES TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR FATHER AND WHY HE WAS IN PRISON. YOU ARE A GROWN MAN, NOT A CHILD. THAT PRISON TERM GIVES YOU STRANGE FEELINGS NOT KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS. I GET THE FEELING HTAT THEY WANT YOU TO THINK THAT IT WAS WORSE THAN IT WAS, SO THAT THERE IS NO POSSIBLE CHANCE FOR YOU TO HAVE ANY GOOD THOUGHTS ABOUT HIM. THIS IS SAD, LIKE YOU KEEPING YOUR GAY LIFE SECRET FROM YOUR MOTHER. I FEEL ANYONE MIGHT HAVE BEEN BORN GAY, AND THE WAY I GOT TO THINKING GOOD THINGS ABOUT THEM WAS, THAT I MIGHT HAVE BEEN I THEIR PLACES.




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