Issue 340

Two stories of HIV

Ryan Rollinson talks about dating as an HIV-positive man: “I’m generally attracted to guys my own age. Most of them have little or no education on HIV. They hear I’m HIV-pos, and that’s the last time we talk. It’s hard to get younger people to look past that, and to understand it’s just one part of me. It’s nice to find people to look past HIV, and see me as a person.”

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Firewalking: A Path Less Chosen

Timothy Cope has been a shamanic practitioner for nearly a quarter-century. During the past year, he started exploring the ancient practice of firewalking and its spiritual aspects. He spoke recently with Lavender about this primal healing exercise.
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Pride in Numbers

I always have taken solace in Alfred Kinsey’s finding that we make up 10 percent of the population. I like being part of a double-digit community. Somehow, 10 percent makes us seem much more substantial than 5 or 8.

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International Mr. Leather Contest

Since its inauguration in May 1979, the International Mr. Leather (IML) Contest has played an important role in building and sustaining the GLBT leather/SM community.

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Living (and Living…) With HIV

By all rights, Richard Carper should have died. Carper was diagnosed with HIV in 1984—during the decade of Duran Duran, Ronald Reagan…and Ryan White. It was that dark, pre-AZT epoch when testing HIV-positive was a certain condemnation to a slow, excruciating, and ugly death.

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Home & Yard: Trends to watch for!

Home & Yard Blvd. Section

Suspended fireplace. Photo Courtesy of Tréndir.Suspended Fireplaces
Summer may be here, and the cold bitter snow gone, but cozying up next to a fireplace will never go out of style. One of the hottest new design trends for 2008 is the fireplace. Who knew that this centuries-old idea could be the hottest trend of ’08.

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Editorial Cartoon

Deep Skin: Uptown Dermatology’s Dr. Jaime Davis Delves Into the Secrets of Prideworthy Skin

On The Runway Section

“When health comes first, beauty comes naturally.” This is more than just a slogan for Uptown Dermatology and SkinSpa—those words sum up its very raison d’être. In a way, Uptown Dermatology is a response to that most regrettable trend in cosmetic dermatology: yes, the mall spa.

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A Place for Everything—Someplace: Personal Organizer Rosemary Chieppo’s Cure

Home & Yard Blvd. Section

The title of professional Personal Organizer (PO) Rosemary Chieppo’s new book, Clutter, Chaos & the Cure: Or Why You Never Misplace Your Toothbrush, piqued our curiosity. Could we find a local gay man whose “Clutter” quotient would yield to Chieppo’s purported “Cure”?

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Admitting you Need it USI Wireless

Home & Yard Blvd. Section

Hello. My name is Chris, and I have a problem. If my memory serves me, I always have lived in the intoxicating grip of the World Wide Web. From the moment I booted my first IBM, and loaded CompuServe, I have been hooked. Mosaic changed my life. I’ve had e-mail addresses since age 9.

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