I don’t like to argue with someone who has done as much as Kramer has, and his work on HIV prevention has no doubt saved hundreds of thousands if not millions of people. But those partiers he decries not using condoms aren’t going to use condoms with or without PrEP, so I don’t see why we can’t save them too with some Truvada.
San Francisco changed the way HIV treatment works, and the rest of the world, including the World Health Organization, is finally catching up to how they’re winning the battle against new HIV infections.
Dr. Mohler and Dr. Heath Lambert of the Southern Baptist Convention have come out and said that they no longer support reparative therapy to change your sexuality. But they do think that the power of prayer can do it. “We do not believe that homosexuals are to be converted to heterosexuality and that would not solve the deepest problem. We believe that all same-sex sexual activity is sin and that marriage can only be the conjugal union of a man and a woman. We believe that no one has the right or even the ability to ‘change’ gender. But we are not calling the LGBT community to be converted to heterosexuality. Rather, we are calling everyone, regardless of sexual or gender identity, to be converted to new life in Christ — a new life that begins in conversion and leads to a life of wholeness and holiness as defined by the Bible in obedience to Christ.”
I’m not surprised – reparative therapy has a terrible reputation these days, but saying that Christ can’t deliver you from anything would blow up their entire gig, so this is a weird, slightly less destructive ground they’re staking out. It’s not going to make anyone happy in life, but I suppose it’s better than their previous stance.
A 21-year-old babysitter has been given a suspended sentence for having sex with an 11-year-old she sat for after the father, who once had a sexual relationship with her, told the judge that she was a particularly immature 21-year-old, and his son was very mature, and wasn’t scared by the experience at all. “I know he told her he was 15. He looks older than his years. He is sex mad. He would have been fully up for this experience and in many ways sees it as a notch on his belt and is totally unaffected by it.” I can’t help but wonder if the judge would have been so quick to suspend the sentence if the gender had been reversed.
Danny Pintauro sat down on The View to talk about his HIV diagnosis With Raven-Simone and Candace Cameron-Bure, making a stage full of child stars. They all wanted to emphasize that Pintauro’s journey wasn’t because he was a child star, but Cameron-Bure seemed intent on slut shaming Pintauro for his lifestyle and his choice, demanding that he own it, which he’s never not owned. Raven-Symone also asks him if he has unprotected sex with his HIV- husband, which I flinched from, but felt he handled very well.
I admit, I’ve felt some issues with Pintauro since he came out as HIV+ that I can’t quite explain. We have some similar stories. I’ve been HIV+ for almost 12 years. I contracted it while using crystal meth during sex. I don’t claim that I was being safe when I got it, because I wasn’t. It took me years to be public about it, as it did him, and I did it because I thought I might help a few people.
It just felt like there was something self-righteous about how Pintauro has approached it, putting his contraction of the disease in a box, like it was more socially acceptable to box in a brief period of sexual exploration and getting it via oral sex while using condoms. It may be his story, but it already felt like he was sort of slut shaming himself, and I’ll be damned if Cameron-Bure gets to have an opinion about my sex life, his sex life, or your sex life.
At Pride this week in Chester, a demonstration was given on how you react to anti-gay bigots protesting. You go with facts, not hate, not counter chanting. Just a simple sign can bring out some uncomfortable truths.
Back To the Future is having a renaissance, with a documentary coming out and re-release. And if you recall in the film, Marty saw that Jaws 19 was out, predicting the sequel mania we’re all living these days. But that leaves some gaps for other films before you get to 19, and we hear just what those would have been with the trailer for Jaws 19.