by Mark S. King
Somewhere Elizabeth Taylor is grinning from ear to ear. Her grandchildren have not only become HIV activists in their own right, but they dove right into an HIV criminalization demonstration that took over the main stage at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa.
In my latest video from the global event, I chat with the famous and newly minted activists about their belief that laws criminalizing people with HIV are wrong. You will also meet a gay lieutenant colonel who had his military service to our country “erased” after he was wrongly accused of not disclosing his status to a sex partner. Although there was no evidence and the only witness has since recanted his story, the serviceman recently lost his final appeal and has been discharged.
Meanwhile, the AIDS2016 Global Village has opened, and you know how much I adore it. Among the tribal dancers and cultural displays, I have an explicit talk with a sex worker, meet a London PrEP activist, and get the dirt from a New Zealand gay man about how cruisy the conference really is. Hint: there are always a ton of committed advocates in the mood – and phone apps reveal they are less than twenty feet away.
Coming soon: Elton John, grandmothers who are raising their orphaned grandchildren, and an interview with my Aussie camera man Theo.