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AUTHOR: Julene Tripp Weaver
PUBLISHER: Finishing Line Press
DATE: 2017
PAGES: 118
AWARDS: Lambda Literary Award Nominee for Bisexual Nonfiction (2018)

Truth Be Bold: Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS

by Julene Tripp Weaver

Truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, is a testament to my career in AIDS services for over 21 years; it is a “coming out,” the reveal of my HIV status and thus a story within a story. It is a book from a survivor who witnessed first hand the devastation, it offers remembrances of the many who’ve passed, and grapples with the theme of survival. We’ve come through a massive epidemic that many think is over but it is not. In the United States we still have up to 20% of the population who do not know they are positive. There is still stigma. The younger generation no longer know about what we went through. This book is a gift from someone who has been a first hand witness and she brings us to the front lines of this epidemic.


Multiple contributors to this anthology identify as bisexual or attracted to multiple genders. Truth Be Bold was nominated for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction.

  • Who Would You Tell
    • The Addition of Audience: A Meditation
    • Unexpected
    • A.I.D.S
    • Sexual Revolution
    • Sex Pays
    • Smeared Palette
    • Sex with HIV
    • Twisted Gut Desire
    • Snake In Paradise
    • Fatal Affair
    • Seeking
    • No Answers
    • How We Survive
    • That First Lingering Opportunistic Infection
    • There is a Drought Inside
    • Walking for AIDS
  • How Have You Helped
    • Nightmare Neutrality
    • A Few Minutes at Work
    • Training the New Case Manager to Use the Sex Questionnaire
    • We Sit Together in Tears
    • Another Heartbreak Day at Work
    • Sunshine
    • Glints of Crystal
    • Sit as Sand
    • In the Rain
    • Prevention for the Provider
    • Lil’ Tee
    • How Often Do You Change Your Sheets?
    • How Long Will I Live?
    • This Is Not My Beautiful Life
    • Ostrich, Please
    • Drying Out
    • How We Fail
  • Who Have You Lost
    • Vanishing Point
    • Stonewall
    • The Sarcoma Scourge
    • Water Rat Boy
    • Only What I Can Do
    • Kass’s Organized Funeral
    • Rebel Rouser
    • Jim
    • Keep Hope Alive
    • Unforgettable Memorial
    • Happy in Hawaii
    • Special Order
    • Rick, a Lonely Death
    • Eli
    • Aftermath
    • One Stirs All the Others
    • Her Last Walk
    • Ode to Homeopathic Growth Factors
  • How Do You Survive
    • Old Timers, the Women
    • I Would Have Said No
    • In the Evening
    • Another Cure for AIDS
    • Reflections on HIV
    • Penciling, Again, Through the Phone Book
    • Meditation on Mortality
    • HIV Today
    • Larks
    • Destined to Be Here, Still
    • Green Witch with AIDS
  • Notes 
  • Acknowledgments 
  • Biography 

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