Gay Shamelessness, Beyond the Crystal Meth Crisis

Thom Gunn, the greatest gay poet since Whitman, was one of thousands of urban gay men who fell victim to crystal methamphetamine in 2004. They were a minority only, but the drug’s Leviathon-like addictiveness could swallow a man whole.

Every few weeks brought news or rumors of someone else who “fell down the meth hole”—an exemplary longtime AIDS survivor, a famous AIDS doctor, the most-lusted-after young man in the old days of ACT UP. The gay leadership spoke of meth as “a second epidemic.”

Where is he now? Jamar Rogers, April/May 2013 Cover“I was able to speak my truth with no shame.” That’s how Jamar Rogers remembers feeling about being on POZ’s cover last year, when he was included in a story on HIV-positive people fighting addiction. A year later, the singer is still clean, signed to a label, touring, recovering from TB and is working on his next album, Lazarus.

Where is he now? Jamar Rogers, April/May 2013 Cover

“I was able to speak my truth with no shame.” That’s how Jamar Rogers remembers feeling about being on POZ’s cover last year, when he was included in a story on HIV-positive people fighting addiction. A year later, the singer is still clean, signed to a label, touring, recovering from TB and is working on his next album, Lazarus.

The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me
We talked about HIV stigma and Madonna lighting. He shared a story of seeing an AIDS patient on a New York City street years ago. I interjected my new favorite topic, the injustice of HIV criminalization. We were two very different men comfortable in our own skin, who refused to allow shame a place at the table.
Read more of Mark S. King’s blog : http://blogs.poz.com/marksking/2012/12/don_lemon.html

The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me

We talked about HIV stigma and Madonna lighting. He shared a story of seeing an AIDS patient on a New York City street years ago. I interjected my new favorite topic, the injustice of HIV criminalization. We were two very different men comfortable in our own skin, who refused to allow shame a place at the table.

Read more of Mark S. King’s blog : http://blogs.poz.com/marksking/2012/12/don_lemon.html