Staying sane sometimes means embracing insanity—especially in nursing!
What's it like to be a male nurse in a woman-dominated profession? For Richard Steele it means incompetent administrators, drug addicted doctors, a whacked-out nursing staff, long grueling hours, and bizarre patients. Confessions of a Male Nurse takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the on and off duty life of a gay male nurse in the early 1980s before AIDS became omnipresent. This hilarious, often touching dark comic novel starts with our irreverent, anti-establishment hero's training and moves on through some of the wackiest—and shocking—adventures you've ever read.
Confessions of a Male Nurse tells the uncensored story of a gay man who wants to make a difference with his life—by helping those in need. From his tortuous schooling through being on staff at a hospital, this tale takes you on his adventures from the pediatric ward to the psych ward to the Intensive Care Unit—and the screwball staff and friends he meets.
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There's romance! Will Steele win the heart of the handsome Dr. Storm?
Passion! Can Steele resist the advances of a gorgeous movie star?
Action! Will Steele win the battle with the marine-tough, rock-fisted 10-year-old girl?
Drama! How will Steele stop the human A-bomb in the psych ward from blowing a hole in the world?
Pathos! Will that size catheter fit?
Find out this and more in Confessions of a Male Nurse!
From Wrongs to Gay Rights: Cruelty and change for LGBT people in an uncertain world by Colin Stewart, Rev. Albert Ogle, Eric O. Lembembe, Miles Tanhira, Andy Kopsa, Rachel Adams, Clare Byarugaba
In a world where 76+ countries still have laws against homosexuality, a same-sex kiss can lead to a prison sentence or even death. In those countries, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face arrest for loving the wrong people. Here, in their own words, activists tell what’s going on.
I Am This One Walking Beside Me: Meditations of a Gay HIV Positive Man by Daniel Gebhardt
I Am This One Walking Beside Me is a moving collection of prayers written by Daniel Gebhardt, who has been living with HIV/AIDS for the past 20 years. What makes this book unique is that Gebhardt writes from a Christian perspective as well as from a gay perspective. Gebhardt provides readers with insight into such topics as everyday living, medical issues, relationships, self-exploration, and death. He also includes prayers that relate to compassion and a global understanding of the disease--a disease that continues to spread, 20+ years after it was first identified.
In Changing Times: Gay Men and Lesbians Encounter HIV/AIDS by Martin P. Levine, Peter M. Nardi, and John H. Gagno
The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been a major catastrophe for gay communities. In less than two decades, the disease has profoundly changed the lives of gay men and lesbians. Not just a biological and viral agent, HIV has become an opportunistic social invader, reshaping communities and the distribution of wealth, altering the social careers of gay professionals and the patterns of entry into gay and lesbian life, and giving birth to groups like ACT UP and Queer Nation.
Latino Gay Men and HIV: Culture, Sexuality, and Risk Behavior by Rafael M. Diaz
With research based on focus group and individual interviews in the United States, as well as a thorough and integrative review of the current literature, Latino Gay Men and HIV discusses the six main sociocultural factors in Latino communities — machismo, homophobia, family cohesion, sexual silence, poverty and racism—which undermine safe sex practices. In an attempt to explain the alarmingly high incidence of unprotected intercourse in this population, this in-depth cultural and psychological analysis shows how an apparent incongruence between knowledge or intention and behavior can possess its own sociocultural logic and meaning.
Love in the Time of HIV: The Gay Man's Guide to Sex, Dating, and Relationships by Michael Mancilla MSW and Lisa Troshinsky
The facts of life have never been more complicated for gay men. While the threat of AIDS has been diminished by new treatments and longer life expectancy, HIV remains a serious and intractable foe. In this affirming guide, therapist Michael Mancilla, himself HIV-positive, helps fellow gay men, both single and partnered, pursue the happy and fulfilling love life they deserve. Readers will find advice on everything from meeting Mr. Right and talking about HIV status to building the long-term relationships that many never expected to have. Candid first-hand accounts reveal how others in the community are negotiating safer sex, overcoming legal and financial hurdles to plan for the future, learning to accept care as well as give it, and crafting the kinds of intimate relationships they want, whether that means casual sex, dating, or permanent commitment. Smart, honest, and insightful, this book is written from the heart.
Men Like Us: The GMHC
Complete Guide to Gay Men's Sexual, Physical,
and Emotional Well-Being
THE DEFINITIVE RESOURCE FOR
ALL ASPECTS OF GAY MEN'S SEXUAL, PHYSICAL,
AND EMOTIONAL LIVES, this indispensable, landmark
book will empower you to take charge of your
health, your relationships, and your life.
For nearly two decades, Gay Men's Health Crisis
(GMHC), the world's largest and most respected
not-for-profit AIDS service organization, has
provided vital support, education, and health
information to gay men in the New York City
area. Now, with Men Like Us, their guidance—and
the insights of hundreds of gay men across
America—can help you. Practical, down-to-earth,
and accessible, this authoritative health resource
covers such topics as
Finding Doctor Right
Your sex life vs. the
rest of your life
Sexually transmitted diseases:
How to protect yourself, tell if you have
them, and treat them
5 tests and vaccines no
gay man should go without
Guidelines for gay couples:
Rekindling romance in long-term relationships
Aging well: Strategies
for mind and body
An AIDS primer: Choices
for the newly infected; antiviral drugs and
how they work; deciding when to start antiviral
therapy; determining if your therapy is working;
and what to do if it's not
Spirituality: Waking up
inside; working for the gay good
Mental matters: Meditation;
stress reduction; finding a therapist; dealing
with depression, anxiety, and psychotropic
Filled with expert
advice—from leading doctors, lawyers, therapists,
and fitness instructors to "ordinary gay
men" whose stories provide important voices
of experience—Men Like Us opens a window
onto the ways we gay men, in all our diversity,
care for ourselves and each other.
Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight against AIDS by Deborah B. Gould
In the late 1980s, after a decade spent engaged in more routine interest-group politics, thousands of lesbians and gay men responded to the AIDS crisis by defiantly and dramatically taking to the streets. But by the early 1990s, the organization they founded, ACT UP, was no more—even as the AIDS epidemic raged on. Weaving together interviews with activists, extensive research, and reflections on the author’s time as a member of the organization, Moving Politics is the first book to chronicle the rise and fall of ACT UP, highlighting a key factor in its trajectory: emotion.
Surprisingly overlooked by many scholars of social movements, emotion, Gould argues, plays a fundamental role in political activism. From anger to hope, pride to shame, and solidarity to despair, feelings played a significant part in ACT UP’s provocative style of protest, which included raucous demonstrations, die-ins, and other kinds of street theater. Detailing the movement’s public triumphs and private setbacks, Moving Politics is the definitive account of ACT UP’s origin, development, and decline as well as a searching look at the role of emotion in contentious politics.
Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South by E. Patrick Johnson
Giving voice to a population rarely acknowledged in writings about the South, Sweet Tea collects life stories from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the southern United States. E. Patrick Johnson challenges stereotypes of the South as "backward" or "repressive," suggesting that these men draw upon the performance of "southernness"--politeness, coded speech, and religiosity, for example--to legitimate themselves as members of both southern and black cultures. At the same time, Johnson argues, they deploy those same codes to establish and build friendship networks and to find sexual partners and life partners. Click here to read the POZ review.
This Shadow Follows Me by Joseph McGinnis
This Shadow Follows Me is a work of fiction about a man named Alec Andrews and his friends and family that faltered around him.
The story begins with at the death bed of Andrews's ex boyfriend Troy who was dying of AIDS complications. Alec tries to tell Troy his life story in hopes that he can make up for all that he did not tell Troy when he was alive. Alec’s life story lurks with the self destruction of a family that drove him to crucify himself, in hopes they would be correct with their religious beliefs. From a homophobic family to a homophobic upbringing, Alec fights to find himself free from the illusions that capture him.
Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America by John-Manuel Andriote
There is no question that AIDS has been, and continues to be, one of the most destructive diseases of the century, taking thousands of lives, devastating communities, and exposing prejudice and bigotry. But AIDS has also been a disease of transformation—it has fueled the national gay civil rights movement, altered medical research and federal drug testing, shaken up both federal and local politics, and inspired a vast cultural outpouring. Victory Deferred, the most comprehensive account of the epidemic in more than ten years, is the history of both the destruction and transformation wrought by AIDS.
Without Condoms: Unprotected Sex, Gay Men and Barebacking by Michael Shernoff
After years of activism, risk awareness, and AIDS prevention, increasing numbers of gay men are not using condoms, and new infections of HIV are on the rise. Using case studies and exhaustive survey research, this timely, groundbreaking book allows men who have unprotected sex, a practice now known as barebacking, to speak for themselves on their willingness to risk it all.
Wounded Healers: Confessions of a Male Nurse, Book II by Richard S. Ferri
This is the anticipated sequel to Confessions of a Male Nurse, the first novel by Richard S. Ferri, which was voted the Best Gay and Lesbian Novel of 2005, by InsideOut Books. This sequel follows the further hilarious and poignant adventures of its lead characters Steele and Storm, and their array of friends and colleagues.