William Bailey came out his sophomore year at Camden Academy high school because he was “done trying to deny it.” The backlash was immediate. One of his best friends told him she wished he would get AIDS and die, then stopped speaking to him.
By Tara Murtha
I went hunting for ghosts of Fairmount’s past, ones that haunt new residents every October in the form of whispered rumors about “two Halloweens” in the neighborhood—one for white kids and one for black kids.
Last week, City Council held hearings to discuss the ongoing, if little talked about, AIDS crises in Philadelphia, especially within black communities. Speaking at the hearing was Dr. Lisa Bowleg, who is completing a three-year study on HIV/AIDS risk factors among black heterosexual men in Philadelphia. PW caught up with Bowleg to discuss her findings.
By Brian Goldthorpe
Are you ready for your close-up? Norma Doesmen certainly is, and she’ll get it no matter what she has to do. This hilarious play pays homage to Broadway and silent films with a campy and satirical edge.