Litquake in the Castro
Leslie L. Smith is the author of Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual: Or I Was Cursed by Polly Holliday. He was concerned about the controversy surrounding PrEP, which he sees as an additional method to fight the spread of HIV. Smith said he was troubled to hear that some, including a few prominent leaders in the AIDS movement, have stigmatized those who are using the treatment.
“First and foremost, we have to humanize and not demonize the choice of HIV protection,” Smith said. “It’s too easy to name call when we haven’t walked in another’s shoes.”
“I hope my book sparks a conversation that reduces the stigma of choosing other methods of protecting ourselves – not only in the gay community, but beyond,” he added.
Smith will read with six other gifted LGBT writers, handpicked by the festival. They are:
Carolina De Robertis, author of The Invisible Mountain
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