Happy Birthday, AIDS!
Frontiers, the southern Californian fag rag you thumb through while getting drunk at Hamburger Mary’s, is celebrating its 29th anniversary by honoring the 30th anniversary of AIDS, and what better way to mark the recognition of a deadly disease that not only stigmatized an entire community but also is still killing people today, 30 years later, than with two circuit bois eye fucking you while smearing party frosting all over each other? Sexy, and just fun fun fun!
It’s not just the guys and the cake, it’s also that font (thirty!), which tells me that Frontiers thinks there’s something about AIDS that we should be celebrating. Maybe it’s just tacky and not actually offensive, but more than anything, it’s misleading, isn’t it? Guys like the ones on the cover don’t look like they have AIDS, but maybe they do have AIDS, and that’s what we’re supposed to celebrate: the new face of AIDS. Even though you–in your tight dress slacks and your belt and your no shirt–got AIDS when you went on that crystal binge at that circuit party and will now be on medication for the rest of your life, AIDS is manageable. Don’t believe it? Just ask any of the dozens of pharmaceutical companies that have been advertising their HIV medications in Frontiers for the past 20+ years. So, relax. Celebrate! You can, as it happens, have your cake and eat it too.