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Have you read any of the other recent books that deal with this moment–I am thinking of Cleve Jones’ recent bio. How do you feel your book relates to these other books? Cleve Jones has just written an outstanding book about the politics of the early 70s in San Francisco, but there isn’t much else […]
In July of last year I hired Lawrence Helman to do PR on the novel I was writing. When I look back, it was too early to hire a PR person. I also commissioned a video at the same time. The man producing it and I had to get to know each other, but he […]
When I arrived in San Francisco in the early 70s and I had been involved in the Civil Rights struggles in the South; my generation was ending a senseless war in Viet Nam and gay men in San Francisco were changing the way America thought about sex, their optimism was heady. I wasn’t released from […]
THOM GUNN, FORMALIST RENEGADE 1929-2004 My first date with Thom Gunn did not go well. It happened in Chicago in the late-1970’s. After a couple hours of unsuccessful cruising in a few bars, I found Thom in a bookstore in Moly and My Sad Captains. I recognized his name and being newly out as a […]
I am proud of being a great at sex. In my first years in San Francisco I moved up the ladder from sucking to fucking and on to fisting. Then I learned to play with pain with S&M, so I’m pretty well-rounded. Now at 72 I’ve hung up my spurs. Making friends when I grew […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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