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BAMMER and Me: Confessions of a Male Escort turned Addiction Counselor, Pt. 2

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PODCAST: Interviews by baby-boomer LGBTQ historian Mike Balaban, with a diverse guest list, covering issues and themes from the global LGBTQ community.

EPISODE 11: What do you do after you’ve been a Colt porn model, male escort, and drug addict? After kicking his drug addiction, Stu Fenton spent ten years getting his degrees in psychotherapy and gestalt therapy, opened a private therapy practice, and now counsels LGBTQ chemsex addicts in a private clinic, R 12, in Thailand on how to overcome their addiction. Stu shares his story of how he turned his life around. (Part 2 of 2 podcasts).

Perry Brass: Pieces from My Past—Seven Revelations of Gay Spirituality

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I am starting to see an amazing, life-changing movement surfacing through what is now called the “LGBTQ movement,” although frankly at this point I can only speak for gay men, not women or trans people. But I have a feeling that women are a part of it, and trans people as well. It is “Gay Spirituality,” and what it means is basically finding an expression for the deepest parts of us, while leaving none of what used to be called the “dirty parts” out.

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BAMMER and Me: The Phluid Project and Gender-free Fashion

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Rob Smith. founder of The Phluid Project

PODCAST: Interviews by baby-boomer LGBTQ historian Mike Balaban, with a diverse guest list, covering issues and themes from the global LGBTQ community.

EPISODE 11: Rob Smith, founder of The Phluid Project, talks about his journey from being a successful fashion executive to creating the world’s first gender-free clothing brand.

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BAMMER and Me: Cliff Morrison and the First AIDS Ward

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Cliff Morrison in 1984

PODCAST: Interviews by baby-boomer LGBTQ historian Mike Balaban, with a diverse guest list, covering issues and themes from the global LGBTQ community.

EPISODE 10: Cliff Morrison arrived in San Francisco as a nurse in the late 1970s, as AIDS was about to erupt. In 1983, while working at SF General Hospital, one of the epicenters for the new disease, he was tasked with forming the world’s first hospital ward dedicated to serving people with AIDS. In the first of two episodes, Cliff tells Mike Balaban about that time.

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BAMMER and Me: Confessions of a Male Escort turned Addiction Counselor, Pt 1

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Stu at Fire Island in 1999.

PODCAST: Interviews by baby-boomer LGBTQ historian Mike Balaban, with a diverse guest list, covering issues and themes from the global LGBTQ community.

EPISODE 9: Stu Fenton has had quite the life! In his early twenties, Stu was a Colt model and a male escort. That high life led to drug addiction, multiple near-death overdoses, and eventually rehab. Currently, he manages a chemsex treatment center in Chiang Mai, Thailand, one of only five in the world focusing on LGBTQ patients.

The Dead, The Living, and The Inheritance

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Mason (left) and me in happier times, 1993.

Fall is a time of sad anniversaries for me.

When I tested positive for HIV in the fall of 1988, it was hardly surprising. Many sex buddies had died by then. A mysterious bout of flu during the summer of ’81 or ‘82 I now realize must have been the “conversion illness.” Around the time of that blood test, my brother Howard, who would have been 63 on his birthday October 19, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It is understandable, I think, that I decided not to inform my parents or my other brother of my sero-status until it was absolutely required. That day came when they met Mason, my partner, whose body by that time was marked by KS lesions. The 25th anniversary of his death was October 7. The 14th anniversary of the death of Joe, the partner I lived with for 10 years after Mason’s death, was on October 20.
 
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BAMMER and Me: Life in NYC Avant Garde Theatre Scene and Stonewall

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PODCAST: Interviews by baby-boomer LGBTQ historian Mike Balaban, with a diverse guest list, covering issues and themes from the global LGBTQ community.

EPISODE 8: Mike talks with Frank Carucci, a life-long New Yorker, about working in the NYC avant-garde theatre scene, the Stonewall riots and life in NYC over the last 60 years.

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BAMMER and Me: Gay Life in 1950s NYC

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Edward Field and his partner of 58 years, Neil Derrick.

PODCAST: Interviews by baby-boomer LGBTQ historian Mike Balaban, with a diverse guest list, covering issues and themes from the global LGBTQ community.

EPISODE 7: Ninety-five-year-old renowned poet Edward Field shares stories about gay life in NYC amid the social change of the 1950s, and life with his partner of 58 years, Neil Derrick.

Ralfie

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Our hearts resemble houses constructed by our parents. When we’re young and something breaks they repair the damage. As we get older we learn how to maintain and protect our own houses. First we have to learn how to welcome guests. We may deliberately allow them to enter our intimate lives. Some stay a short time and others stay longer. Some may damage our home or even steal from us. Still, in the end we each need someone to love our home and to become a part of it. Ralfie was a good guest in my home; one who stayed for quite a long time.

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BAMMER and Me: Gay Life after WWll

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Edward Field, circa 1950s

PODCAST: Interviews by baby-boomer LGBTQ historian Mike Balaban, with a diverse guest list, covering issues and themes from the global LGBTQ community.

EPISODE 6: Renowned poet and author Edward Field discusses with Mike, his colorful and bohemian life after WW2, including his life in France and Greece developing his craft as a fledgling poet, and 1950s gay life in Manhattan and McCarthyism.