Amsterdam Angels

Queerty heads to Amsterdam for a week of healthy gay sex

One of the largest (and most colorful) medical conferences in the world, the International AIDS Conference, will be held in Amsterdam on July 23-27, and Queerty will be there to help deliver the sights and sounds.

Contributing editor Mark S. King of My Fabulous Disease has been covering the conference for more than a decade, and his daily video reports bring a point of view that goes beyond the scientific headlines. Queerty carried his 2016 videos from Durban, South Africa, and they included stories on PrEP and homophobia mixed with drag queens, global gay networking, and a raucous club that hosted a “party without pants.”

This year, King’s coverage is sponsored by MPACT, a global organization devoted to the health and human rights. (Queerty is a media sponsor.)

“HIV has always included the most outrageous and dynamic activists, probably because it has largely been driven by gay men,” King explains. “You can find the scientific breakthroughs from the conference on any news site. I enjoy featuring the amazing activists behind the headlines. They work their asses off, and they also know how to blow off steam.”

Already, King has scheduled stories like a leatherman activist talking about HIV stigma at a private play space; a male sex worker speaking out about PrEP, and the owners of the city’s iconic gay sauna talking about their efforts to wipe out Hepatitis C in Amsterdam.

King works with co-producer Theodore Tsipiras, an Australian who doubles as his cameraman (pictured above). “Theo is a fairly imposing presence,” said King. “He’s 6’4’’ and friendly and delightfully handsome. He’s my secret weapon.”

Queerty will feature King’s coverage throughout the week of July 23.