If You Don’t Believe Me, Just Ask Michele Bachman. There are some people who say that Michele Bachmann is not qualified to be president. Then there are other people … who live in Ecuador.
Dots and decapitation. Formerly the site of (what else?) a mattress factory, the Mattress Factory is one of Pittsburgh’s most popular contemporary art museums for the city’s avant-garde scene. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Dots Mirrored Room (1996) is one of MF’s permanent exhibitions, guarded here by random headless statuary.
Loyal readers of this column (thank you, friends) know that I spent the first 28 years of my life in the Midwest before fleeing for Texas to find my gay tribe.
Today marks 30 years since the first report of a mysterious and deadly new syndrome that would come to be known as AIDS was published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). At the time, no one could have predicted the enormous toll the disease would take—claiming the lives of more than 500,000 Americans and many millions worldwide. Today we remember those we have lost, and honor them by recommitting ourselves to the fight against this deadly yet preventable disease.
You would think that doctors would feel pretty cocky by now about HIV. We can test for the virus and tell you how much of it there is and what it’s done to the immune system, we have a slew of drugs to control it, and we can treat the cancers and most of the infections. But the little SOB still has effects we don’t understand, so it can still blindside us sometimes.
My goodness. In nearly 25 years of writing this column, never before have I experienced such an outpouring of encouragement and kindness from those of you who responded to my recent endeavor to lose weight, as was related in the January issue of OutSmart. I thank you for your avalanche of well-wishes from the bottom of my heart as well as from various other, now far more easily accessible, organs.
What a busy time this spring has been! So many of the planets are bunched together, making everything more intense with no allowances for compromise. We should see some of this hard-headedness lighten up after May 11, but look for some of the intensity to resurface near the end of June.