Start Talking Stop HIV is a new educational campaign bringing together voices from gay and bisexual men from a spectrum of backgrounds and relationships to the Epidemic that the CDC is releasing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. I’m incredibly proud to be a very small part of this conversation along with Ken Almanza, Charles Sanchez, AJ King, and many other artists, activists, and community leaders I greatly admire.
I keep hoping that i’ll wake up and this will all have been just some crazy, messed-up dream. But it’s not a dream. This is real life. Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Like many of you, I’m sure, I spent a good chunk of this week in tears, scared shitless, in total disbelief. I think I’m half still in shock.
Wednesday is “friends’ day” here at The Novus, as well as in my everyday life. This week I’d like to draw your attention to 100 Boyfriend’s Mixtape, a new film by my very talented friend Brontez Purnell which is premiering this Saturday at Outfest.
Howdy Gang! I’m sorry to say that there is no new episode of the Novus Homo podcast this week—I’m taking a small hiatus from podcast while I explore the South’s famous hospitality—new and regular episodes will resume in June. Instead I would like to draw your attention to this great piece on PrEP and gay sex from Tyler Pratt, which features interviews with PreP Facts founder, Damon Jacobs, and your’s truly.
This week on the podcast I’m joined by my very funny friend, Kenny Neal Shults, part of the creative team behind the “I Like to Party” PrEP PSA featuring adult film actor JD Phoenix.
A few months ago on The Novus Homo I was joined by my good friend, Brontez Purnell, ostensibly to talk about his amazing quasi-biography—Johnny Would You Love Me (If My Dick Were Bigger)—but most of the conversation ended up devoted to our slightly complicated (and vaguely unhealthy) relationships with San Francisco and Los Angeles, the way we each have handled being HIV-positive, and the way in which life often forces us to choose between art and romance…
About a year ago, my buddy Eli Rarey came to me with a script he was writing for a movie, a “choose your own adventure” style story where, just like in real life, the seemingly smallest of choices could have unexpected and far reaching ramifications.