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Tim Murphy on How He Drew from His Queer and Arab Identities to Craft his Gripping New Novel

Tim Murphy’s new novel, Correspondents, like his last one, Christodora, is epic in scope. Author Tim Murphy photographed by Chris Gabello. Correspondents is reminiscent of works like Michael Cunningham’s Flesh and Blood, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, and Michael Chabon’s The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; it is truly a delight to read a writer practicing at the height of his game. Murphy grew up in an Irish/Lebanese immigrant family in Boston. Despite his last name, Murphy says he is actually more Lebanese than Irish and he parlays that family history into the novel. The book moves forward and back in...
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Out Rep. Brian Sims Goes Public On His PrEP Use To Fight ‘Stigma’

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Out Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims, has come out publicly about his own use of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a daily pill that has proven highly effective in preventing HIV transmission. “Starting this day off smart, proactive, and in control!” Sims wrote in the Instagram post alongside a photo of his Truvada pill. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Sims, the first openly gay man elected to the Pennsylvania legislature, warned that his post was not an invited to talk about his sex life. “Think this is an...
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Cuba Begins Distributing PrEP Free Of Charge

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); The Cuban government has begun to distribute pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through a pilot program that began last month. According to a report last week in Granma, the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, 28 people in Cárdenas, some 90 miles from Havana, have received PrEP since the program began on March 6. The medication,  which has proven to be 99% safe in preventing the transmissions of HIV, is being provided free of charge to those in need. Cuban officials are...
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