the road to and beyond SEXI

ACTION

This website is just a tool, not a solution. I have raised some questions and want to hear your thoughts. Like anything else, this site is worth only as much as you use it.

Please post your comments and send us your suggestions. Join our social network, ART TRIBES (www.ArtTribesNetwork.com) and start a tribe about anything that interests you. It could be an issue raised by the film or something that you are dealing with or that you want to change and invite others to discuss it/them with you. Start with your friends and your peers.

ART TRIBES has free tools you can use like live chat, your blog, your forum, videos pictures, music and a whole community of people who already share a common mission. If you are a leader, use it to make something happen in your community but if you are not, that’s ok! That is actually a good thing! If you are not a leader, you can still do the most important thing anyone can do: make something happen within yourself. Read, talk, view films and learn about anything that interests you.

This is my story.

As I read the infamous article in Rolling Stones about ‘bug chasers’ (people who seek to get infected with HIV) on February, 2003 in Rolling Stone magazine, I was shaken with the same panic and fright that I had when I gazed at the burning twin towers two years before. There were many strong reactions to that article in the weeks that followed. I, myself, rejected the story as unbelievable, homophobic trash. Today I realize that my fright came from the realization that something significant had changed in the fabric of one of the largest pandemics in history and it looked like an oncoming train.

I am part of a generation who lost many loved ones to AIDS. It was a time before anti-retroviral therapy.

I came out as a gay man in the shadow of AIDS. What would ever make a person want to consciously become HIV positive? The article frightened me because it was introducing a dangerous idea to an already homophobic press. Would there be a backlash to represent gay men as nihilistic sex fiends? Angry, HIV+ journalists, as well as gay and lesbian advocates, would write more in the internet. but not even the sensational tone of the Rolling Stone news story could distract from a growing abandonment of safe sex and a boost in HIV infection rates still present today.

As it turns out four years ago, the Rolling Stone story pointed to a more complex issue than that of representation of GLBT people in the press. It was exposing a new relationship to the disease in our society at large and a new embodiment of grief.

I hope that you who are reading this will watch the film, invite others to watch it and do all that you can to let people know that good health is your most precious possession and that what we think about ourselves will always affect how people think about us.

Thank you.

a short film about our relationship to our bodies

16 minutes