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Confronting rising HIV rates among gay and bisexual men

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HIV infection is on the rise among gay and bisexual men in Rhode Island, even as it is declining for other populations: injection drug users, who are considered particularly at risk, and heterosexuals.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 09, 2011
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With feeling

Mad Horse's latest show has exceptional heart
From the darkness, a hand strikes chalk against a spot-lit blackboard: July 1981 , it writes, and then, 16 .
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 10, 2010
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Walk for AIDS: 25 years

Join in this Sunday. Despite significant progress, many challenges remain.
Starting at 7:30 this Sunday morning, tens of thousands of walkers, runners, and volunteers will begin gathering by the Hatch Shell on the Boston side of the Charles River Esplanade.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 04, 2010



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Where's the outrage?

ACORN attack tape found to be fraudulent. Plus, applause for the merger of two AIDS agencies.
Holy hell broke loose six months ago when a self-appointed truth squad sponsored by a right-wing propagandist broadcast an Internet video that appeared to show African-American employees of ACORN counseling a white pimp and his equally Caucasian hooker on how to dodge a variety of laws.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 04, 2010
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Visions of hope

‘Coming Out’ at Firehouse 13; Dery and Easton at 5 Traverse
Shannon Heuklom of Providence spent the past two summers helping at a rural clinic, serving some 2000 HIV-positive patients, that is run by the nonprofit Hope Through Health in the West African nation of Togo.
By GREG COOK  |  January 13, 2010
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Review: Precious

Purple's prose makes for wrenching melodrama
If you thought Celie in Alice Walker's The Color Purple had a tough time of it, wait till you get a load of Precious.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2009

Look for activist postcards on First Friday and beyond

AIDS Art Action
Approximately 1300 people in Maine live with HIV/AIDS, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 04, 2009
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Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
By GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2009
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Casting spells

Tomb 10A at the MFA; ACT UP at Harvard
In 1915, Harvard University and Museum of Fine Arts archæologists digging in a rocky cliff at Deir el-Bersha unearthed the 4000-year-old tomb of the Djehutynakhts, an ancient Egyptian governor and his wife.
By GREG COOK  |  October 21, 2009
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Photos: ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis

ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis 1987–1993 at the Carpenter Center 
Photos from the exhibit on display from October 15 to December 23, 2009.
By CARPENTER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS  |  October 21, 2009

Art dodgers

Letters to the Boston editor, October 9, 2009
David S. Bernstein points out some key facts about who voted for Michael Flaherty in “Can Flaherty Woo Yoon?”, but he neglects to mention that, if Sam Yoon had won, he would need the base that voted for Flaherty, and he would also need to woo Flaherty’s support to win the mayor’s seat.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 07, 2009
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10 years later, we told you so

Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as it happens.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 2009
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Pottery, Potter, mummies, and a 'Rare Bird'

Museums and galleries gather their objets d'art
The art of 2000 BC Egypt, visions from the Iraq War and AIDS activism, and the magic of a digital technology and Harry Potter make up the highlights of Boston's autumn art calendar.
By GREG COOK  |  September 15, 2009
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Living with HPV

It afflicts millions, yet no one talks about this nightmarish STD. Now one woman bares all.
The results are “normal.” I breathe a sigh of relief. But should I be relieved? It’s been two years since I heard a registered nurse tell me “You have HPV,” and I am still getting scraped from the inside out, still making appointments to see doctors, and still terrified that I’ll get cancer.
By LISA SPINELLI  |  September 04, 2009
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Gay Activists Work for Ted

Activists note Kennedy's gay rights work
Gay-and-lesbian community activists are heavily involved in what the chairman of the Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance of Massachusetts, Todd Fernandez, calls "a full-court press to ensure that Ted Kennedy's re-elected."
By LIZ GALST  |  August 26, 2009
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Local activists crusade to cut circumcisions

Protesting male circumcision
What do William Shakespeare, Don Johnson, Sean Hannity, Redd Foxx, and Ralph Nader have in common with Jenna Jameson flicks and 70 percent of men worldwide? They're all uncut.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 29, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor: July 10, 2009

Dump gay marriage and regroup!
A recent EqualityMaine campaign letter claimed that gay marriage is "the fight for our lives." I wonder whose lives they are talking about, when AIDS service organizations and community health/reproductive clinics across the state have been tightening their belts and desperately trying to crunch numbers.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 08, 2009
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Dr. Edelin and Dr. Sabath: They've Never Met

Indicted Doctors Talk on Abortion Issues
Last week the Massachusetts House passed a bill outlawing abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy, except when the mother's life or physical or mental health are endangered — contrary to the Supreme Court ruling last year which allowed abortions through the second trimester or about 26 weeks.
By CONNIE PAIGE  |  May 28, 2009
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The original DIY, observed

Celebrating the safest of sex, plus what to do when dates collide
This explains a lot: May was National Masturbation Month, first held by the San Francisco-based sex shop Good Vibrations in 1995, and celebrated nationwide. (Some places even hold Masturbate-A-Thons to raise money for local HIV- and AIDS-prevention organizations.) Is that why everyone's been so giddy of late?
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  May 27, 2009
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Boston's Severin problem

Is WTKK up to measuring degrees of intolerance?
The questions raised by the Severin incident have a philosophical and moral resonance that has been touched upon only in passing.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 06, 2009
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Review: Fig Trees

Strikes a delicate balance among solemnity, wry humor, and rage
Here's a first: an AIDS documentary nested inside an opera that's obsessed with albino squirrels, figs, palindromes, and Pythagoras.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 06, 2009

Safe sex, duh

UPDATE
A sharp-eyed reader caught an omission in one of Your Secret Admirer's previous columns.  
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  April 29, 2009
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Review: Pedro

An inspiring life reduced to sound bites, clichés, and hugs
There's no other reason to see the film.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 28, 2009

57. Ray J

DORK DIGGLER
Those with success in the unfettered dating marketplace don’t seem to need a casting director to score companionship. Thus, as history tells us, getting one’s own reality dating show (as Ray-J now has on VH1’s For the Love of Ray J ) corresponds roughly with earning yourself a spot on this very list (see: Flavor Flav, Bret Michaels). The big surprise here is that being a sibling of a celebrity (Ray J is Brandy’s brother) usually suffices in the hooking up department.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Giles is one tough cookie

Plus economic outrage, the clueless Pope, and listening to 'The Angry Man'
Phillipe and Jorge could not be more pleased to hear that President Barack Obama has nominated Cynthia Giles, the director of Rhode Island's branch of the Conservation Law Founda-tion.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 25, 2009
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Unveiling the new (old) Planned Parenthood

Rebranding the Branded
Planned Parenthood wants abortions for everyone! Well, not exactly.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009
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Mother courage

Agnès Varda in Toronto
The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival last September proved hospitable to Agnès Varda.
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 10, 2009
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Miller and Bettencourt document TB epidemic

Reel Life
You wouldn't think G. Wayne Miller would have time left to blink, considering the work he delivers
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2009
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Medicine men

Two Boston poets use their art for the good of the tribe
What if a poem had the power to heal loneliness?
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 28, 2008

[ 08/01 ]   Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep presents See Bat Fly, by Kathryn Walat  @ Leeds Theatre at Brown University
[ 08/01 ]   "Graphic Design: Now in Production,"  @ RISD Museum
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