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HIV Activist Mark S. King Celebrates 60th Birthday With Elton John

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The blogger behind My Fabulous Disease had a star-studded, livestreamed party that raised funds for the Reunion Project.

From left: Mark S. King, David Furnish, and Elton John

HIV survivor, activist, and blogger Mark S. King celebrated his 60th birthday in December with a livestreamed party that featured Elton John singing “Happy Birthday” and raised money for a national network of long-term survivors.

The event, dubbed “Mark S. King’s 60th Birthday Bash,” raised more than $20,000 for the Reunion Project, which provides support and community for those who have lived with HIV for many years.

Those honoring King, the blogger behind My Fabulous Disease, included John and his husband, David Furnish; Broadway star Javier Munoz; Olympian Greg Louganis; Broadway Cares’ Tom Viola; and a “cavalcade of long-term survivors, community leaders, advocates and allies,” according to a post on King’s website. Comedian Charles Sanchez hosted.

The event “was one for the ages,” King wrote. “Or the aged, if you enjoyed the many jokes at my expense about hitting the Big 6-0.”

King, who tested positive for HIV in 1985, has worked for several AIDS service organizations, including the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, AIDS Survival Project, and AID Atlanta. His blog has received awards from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalist and GLAAD, and he was named to the Out 100 in 2020 by Out magazine, a sister publication of Plus.

Video of the event is below.

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.