Letter from the Editor -- April 1999

March was an interesting month. It felt kind of like The Truman Show, because I actually left cyberspace. I do feel comfortable here and am not planning to leave outright, but this month marked my debut in offline volunteering and activism.

Once a week, on Monday nights, I am a volunteer for the Stop AIDS Project, which seeks to reduce the numbers of seroconverting gay and bisexual men. They do this through a variety of ways, although my choice was to do outreach (specifically to meet people face to face, unlike here).

For two hours a week, I interview gay and bisexual men on Castro Street and ask them about their sexual practices and some demographic information. We also ask their opinions on various AIDS-related issues. Currently, one of the questions is whether the rise in gay men having unprotected anal sex concerns you.

So, that's been fun. I also saw Rent again this month, which was much better than I had anticipated. It's playing in San Francisco through August, so I'm sure I'll be back. I'm just planning to do the lottery a bunch of times, unless people from out of town come and we definitely have to see it on a certain date.

Tonight was actually a blast, too, and you'll think I'm a total geek, but I went to a book signing by Suze Orman, the financial guru who is on Oprah, and currently has both the number one and number two non-fiction spots on the New York Times Bestsellers list for "The Courage To Be Rich" and "The 9 Steps To Financial Freedom" respectively.

I've always enjoyed her on TV, but she actually had one of the more interactive book signings. She did a quick run-through of what's in the new book (which I already read), signed every book put in front of her, and then a few of us die-hards stuck around and she drilled down into more financial stuff. She was very personable and even asked before I left if she noticed that she was very inclusive of not making her book overly heterosexual. In one instance, she mentions a same-sex partner, and a book specifically looking at Same-Sex Legal issues for Couples is listed in the reference area in the back. When the examples aren't specific, she also uses "partner" a lot.

I guess I was just expecting her to be something different when she's not on Oprah, selling her book. But I think she's the real deal. I highly recommend her two aforementioned books. I realize reading financial books (with a spiritual bend) is a turn-off for a lot of people, but so many of the choices you make now affect your future. I'll get off my soapbox now.




PS: Jason, say hi to Louis for me, I never do seem to get to Arizona to meet him.

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